Dr. Robinson's 3-4 classroom blog from 2012-2016

The students in Dr. Robinson's 3-4 Team studied South Hero History for 6 years and took many field trips around town.
Click on this link to see where the students went around town and what townsfolk they met along the way.


At the end of 2018 Lake Champlain Access Television [LCATV] started filming our presentations. Their output is 2 to 4 times sharper than the videos I was putting up. That means it takes a little longer to get the video to start. [The reason I reduced the quality level of my videos.] Their production is different than mine and you will notice that immediately.
When you click on a video, it starts to load. It will take about 30 seconds [an eternity when you are waiting] to start playing. The speakers will start to sound and the video will look like it is not running for about 23 seconds. LCATV puts up an identification POSTER for those 23 seconds. Don't be alarmed, it is running if you can hear the sound.

The old WEB guy

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Annual Meeting and Impact of Sanbar on the Islands Presentation

On October 16th, 2018 the SHHS held its annual meeting at Folsom Ed Center. At this meeting we Elected officers, updated by-laws, and discussed merging with the Bicentennial Museum.

We also had a SNEAK Preview Presentation of the SHHS upcoming Burlington Free Press Article about the SANDBAR and how it developed and changed life on the Islands. The road we affectionately call the CAUSEWAY was not always the pristeen looking passage that it is today. Some parts of the year it did not exist and other parts of the year it was little more than a RUT with some dirt around it. The development of both the causeway and the environment of the islands is a very interesting topic. Watch the video and peruse the pictures and see what your mind thinks about all this.

The Evolution of a Revolutionary Home

Friday, Sept. 7th, 2018 at 7PM at Folsom School

Ebenezer Allen was granted a parcel of land on the southernmost end of South Hero in appreciation of his contributions as a Green Mountain Boy in the Revolutionary War. He later turned his homestead into a tavern, as did others living near the lake at that time. Residents living on the island came to swap stories and acquaintances and travelers from across the lake came to trade supplies.

Over the years, the Allen Homestead changed hands and uses. It was a family farm house, a tavern, a hippie commune, and today is a tastefully renovated suburban family home.

Ron Phelps was born and grew up in the farmhouse across the road from the Allen Homestead and his family lived there for many generations. Ron told us a little history of the famous Vermonter who first built this house and his cousin who visited him there and also about the changes he has seen in the house and those he has learned from his family in the past.

This is a very appropriate subject for our historical society program because the evolution of this house mirrors the evolution of the community and society as a whole.

Sept. 7th, 2018 at 7PM in the brick area of the Folsom Educational Center.

Joyce Blow was also on hand to tell about her family's years living in the house. And we were very lucky to have some members of the audience who had very interesting stories to add to this presentation especially the ones about when Hippies lived in the house.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Castles of South Hero

As you drive around South Hero you have probably noticed the miniature stone castles scattered all over the place. Have you ever wondered about their history?  If you have or have not you are still welcome to come to the South Hero Historical Society presentation on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7 pm. at the Folsom Educational Center.
Eloise Hedbor will be giving a presentation on the history and maybe a little folklore of these amazing little castles.
Who knows, perhaps a surprise guest will show up.

Some of Harry Barber's mystical casles: