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Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who supported our Festival of Lights with donations. Please patronize these businesses to show then our continual appreciation.

Alec McCallum, Aubuchon’s, Barbara Pollatta, Belmont General Store, Benson’s Chevrolet, Big Eyes Bakery, Blue Sky Trading Company, Book Nook, Brewfest, Bromley Mountain, Cafe de Light, Carol DeVine, Carol Serravezza, Chef Mei, Chris Kohut, Cindy Hinchliff, Clear River Tavern, Colleen Wilcox, Cookster, Crowley Cheese, Diane Eastman, DJ’s Restaurant, Doris Reise,r Du Jour, Vermont Eastwood Animal Clinic, Edward Jones Investments, Express Copy, Fenn Farmstand and Gardens, Garden Market, Gary Cole, Gerry Wilkins, Grandma Miller’s Pies, Green Mountain Sugar House, Hannoush Jewelry Store, Harry’s Cafe, Home Depot, Japanese Auto Specialists, Jean Fitzgerald, Jeb Porter, JK Adams - The Kitchen Store, Joy of Nails, Judy Nevin, Kelley Real Estate, Killarney Pub, LaValley’s, Lory Doolittle, Luise Durr, Lynn Anderson, Maggie Blane, Magic Mountain, Maria Fortier, Mary Gorman, Master Plumber, Maureen Vonick, Minga Dana, Michelle Kaufman, Mojo’s Cafe, Mount Holly Community Guild, Mount Holly Garden Club, Mr. Twitters, Nancy McKeegan, Northern Ski Works, Northshire Books, Neal’s Restaurant, Okemo, Outer Limits Brewing, Paramount Theatre, Pat LaBella, Paul Nevin, Peter Smith, Plew Family Farm, Ramunto’s Pizza, Rebecca Zelis, Ruth Dickey, Seventh Heaven Spa, Singleton’s Store, Smokeshire Design, Stemwinders Wine Bar, Stephanie Smith, Stephanie Stouffer, Stone Creek Potter,y Stonehedge Golf, Southern VT Hydroponics, Southside Restaurant, Sue Covalla, Susie Hamilton, Sweet Surrender Bakery, The Silver Spoon, The Vermont Butcher Shop, Thrive Center, Vermont Canvas Products, Waterwheel Quilt Shop, Weston Christmas Shop, Weston Playhouse, Woodcock Farm, Vermont Canvas Shop, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Sport and Fitness, Viola Higgins, Yankee Paint

Festival of Lights Silent Auction

Festival of Lights

The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum's annual Festival of Lights fundraiser will take place Sunday, December 8 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont. Wreaths decorated by Local Artists, Restaurant and Area Business Gift Certificates, Special Donations of Artwork, Crafts and Gift Baskets are some of the items featured in the Silent Auction. For adults, this popular event includes Wine Basket Raffles and Door Prizes. Wines, punch, cheeses and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The admission charge is waived in honor of your attending. Please join us for an evening of fellowship and fun to support our Museum’s Projects and Activities.

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Mount Holly Is For The Birds


The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will be open on each Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 pm through October 13th. Special Hours during Cider Days Festival on Sat. October 12th 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, October 13th from Noon to 4 pm. Winning bids will be announced at 4 pm Sunday. Visit the museum and place your bids on the wonderful items that are part of our fundraising silent auction "Mount Holly is for the Birds" Included are birdhouses painted by local artists, original artwork, hand hooked rug and more. The museum houses Mount Holly History in two historic buildings located in Belmont Village and is home to Vermont’s Terrestrial Fossil…a mammoth tusk found during the building of the railroad in the mid 1800’s.

Saturday, August 31st, 5 pm at The Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont

Museum Annual Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday, September 1st the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will host their annual fund-raising dinner. The menu includes baked ham, delicious sides and an assortment of desserts. The dinner is served all-you-can-eat, family style with seatings starting at 5 pm. $12 person and $6 for children 11 years and under. The dinner will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall in the village of Belmont. Take out dinners are available, as well. Come and enjoy the dinner and beautiful Belmont.


Saturday, August 17th at 7pm Perkins House

"Who Really Discovered Vermont?"

Dr. Nathaniel Kitchel will give an overview of the first human settlement of New England and Vermont and how that relates to the Mount Holly region and the mammoth. "During this talk I will give an overview of the first human settlement of New England and Vermont specifically. I will then talk about what we know of the lives of those early peoples and how that knowledge relates to the Mt. Holly region and the mammoth specifically." Dr. Nathaniel Kitchel is an anthropologically trained archaeologists specializing in human responses to environmental and social change through the study of material culture, particularly stone tools. Dr. Kitchel's current research focus is the terminal Pleistocene (Ice Age), and early Holocene inhabitants of the Americas with a specific focus on New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces. His ongoing research employs geochemical techniques to understand the transport patterns of stone tools to better understand how humans create and maintain social connections across space among highly mobile late Pleistocene foraging populations. Dr. Kitchel has also begun exploring social and technological responses to rapid climate warming in the Northeast between 12,000 and 11,000 years ago. Dr. Kitchel's current fieldwork program involves testing and excavation of prehistoric stone tool manufacturing workshops in the Munsungun Lake region of northern Maine. Dr. Kitchel received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Wyoming in 2016 and is currently The Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology at Dartmouth College. Dr. Kitchel grew up on a dairy farm in Danville, Vermont spurring his interest in the archaeology of northern New England.

SATURDAY, August 10th 11am - 2pm


Sheep shearing and more! Icelandic sheep will be sheared by Jim McRae on the village green in Belmont. Learn about the art of sheep shearing. Other animals, demonstrations and more!

Sheep Shearing


Wednesday, July 17th


Potluck Dinner, Annual Meeting and Program

Pot Luck Dinner, Annual Meeting starts at 6pm Odd Fellows Hall Program to Follow: State Archaeologist, Jess Robinson, PhD will be our speaker. His presentation is about the Native Occupants as revealed through archaeology, concentrating on the earliest occupants from items discovered in sites in the Mount Holly area.