Sunday, June 11, 2017

Waterford's Older Residents Tell Their Stories -- See the Show, June 17

Waterford resident Carol Bonnett shows the photo in her album of herself at age 14, with Lower Waterford's Mrs. Davies, a prominent village resident at the time.
Camera! Lights! Oral Histories! Rhubarb!
WATERFORD - Curious about "the who" of the Davies Memorial Library?
Want to know what it was like growing up in the now-gone village of Upper Waterford on the Connecticut River?
Interested in how dairy farming used to be done in a milk house attached to an iconic red barn?
Come find out in the first public reveal of Waterford's videotaped oral histories from such long-time residents as George Bullock, Geneva Powers Wright, her brother, Willard Powers, sister-in-law Patricia Wallace Powers, and Doris Carol Fuller Bonnett. Their stories are, by turns, funny and insightful, and capture an era that started to disappear with the construction of Moore Dam in the early 1950s.
Designed for anyone with a connection to or curiosity about the post-Revolutionary War town chartered in 1780, this benefit event includes a wide variety of delicious rhubarb desserts and refreshments.
Part of the on-going Welcome Home to Waterford series, this is the 3rd annual joint fund raiser between Vermont's youngest historical society and the Congregational Church's Ladies Social Circle.
It is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, in the Fellowship Hall at the corner of Lower Waterford Road and Maple Street. Doors open at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m. The Maple Street door is handicap accessible.
Proceeds help the Waterford Historical Society's associated costs for its on-going videotaping of oral histories and the Ladies' steadfast goal to raise much-needed restoration funds for the historic building that opened for worship in January of 1860.
Seating is limited to 90. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 for children under 12. To reserve a place (or a table for 10), please call WHS treasurer/secretary Roberta Smith: 748-0923 or Ladies' member Carroll Campbell: 748-3455.
Can't attend, but interested in making a tax-deductible financial gift to either worthy organization? You can send a donation to the:
WHS at P.O. Box 56, Lower Waterford, VT 05848 or Congregational Church, P.O. Box 111, Lower Waterford, VT 05848.


  1. The history of Barnet is a bit different. James Adams is oft given the honor of being the first citizen of Waterford. But When town lines were settled, he was on the St. Johnsbury side, making John and Joseph Woods the first and second settlers. This history was written by Josehine May Woods, b 1871. Edwin Woods wrote the family history before 1812. John Woods was a Minuteman who fought at Concord. Joseph Woods Married Diadamia Newell who was born in Waterford in 1780. They had nine children born in Waterford between 1782 and 1802. John Woods was also at Concord. Ebenezer Woods was born in Waterford in 1769 and had lots of kids there. The cemeteries in Waterford are loaded with 18th century Woods.

    1. The stories of the earliest settlers are fascinating! But we won't go that far back on June 17 -- these are all "oral history" from people who've lives in Waterford in the 20th to 21st century. Hope you can come listen and watch!