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Wednesday - July 19th, 2023 Belmont Village Tour
2 pm (collection tour if raining) Meet town historian Dennis Devereux at the Perkins House

Wednesday - July 12th, 2023 ANNUAL MEETING
Odd Fellows Hall at 6 pm
starting with a potluck meal and short business meeting.
Special Presentation following by George Wood about Vermont Birds.

George Wood


Excerpt from the Princeton Alumni Weekly March 2023:

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George C. Wood '79 Documents his Birding Journey
At a young age, George C. Wood '79 set a goal to see 600 bird species by the time he was 50. He’s accomplished this and then some, now having seen over 800 bird species. In his new book Bird Tales (Woodworks Editions) Wood, now in his 60s, shares his story through a series of short narratives, photographs, humor, and more as he identifies birds across the U.S. and Canada. George C. Wood '79 is the senior director of major gifts at The Haverford School, in Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Princeton and masters in environmental science from Ohio State University. A lifelong lover of birding, Wood documents his journeys on his blog birdtalesblog.

Saturday - July 22nd, 2023
Weaving Demonstration at 2:15 pm
by Bonny Dutton at Perkins House

Bonny Dutton


Bonny J. Dutton Fiber Artist/Clothing Designer 2023 Artist Statement: I am a Maker. A trendy term perhaps but it suits me well. I’m definitely a DIY kind of person. From running my children’s wear business, pursuing a weaving practice, learning new fiber-related crafts (current passion is the vintage CSM - Circular Sock Knitting Machine), tending gardens, cooking/ putting-up nourishing food, or fashioning a hand-made home, it’s all about living a creative life. Nothing makes me happier than building or making something wonderful from scratch. My love for fiber began when my mom, an home-economics teacher, taught me to sew a straight seam and stitch my first quilt when I was six years old. Years later I would earn degrees in Fashion Design and Merchandising from Kent State University which set me on a course to pursue my love of cloth professionally. In 1993 I started Fleece On Earth a small designer-owned company focusing on making clothing using the novel Polar Fleece fabrics. A few years later my passion for knitting blossomed as I acquired the skill of flat- bed knitting and added cotton sweaters and hats for infants and young children to my line. Little did I know my fascination with fancy string had only just begun! The timeline of my fiber journey detoured into weaving in 2008 when I was blessed to study with Betty Atwood, UVM professor emeritus. With loom basics under my belt my weaving fervor exploded as I added many different types of looms to my studio and earnestly studied various weave structures and techniques. Lately I have been taking a deep dive into the world of Tartan Plaids, an homage to my Scottish ancestry. Inspiration of course comes from nature, colours and shapes around me, and the vast and diverse array of natural fibers and the potential each cone of thread holds there is true potential! Honing skills, overcoming limitations of equipment or materials, reevaluating projects throughout the process all add worth to the experience, the value of learning a new skill and the joy of creation. My designs have been sold at juried craft fairs, through my own brick and mortar store, in galleries, retail shops and through my on-line store: Making heirloom-quality textiles has become the greatest passion of my life and I look forward to many more hours following my bliss belly up to my looms and machines designing and making items for the home and to wear. The magic of turning string into cloth is mesmerizing and the more I learn the more I realize there is so much more to learn!


The Mount Holly Historical Museum "Festival of Lights" preparations are in full swing. We are excited to have our first Community fundraising event after a two year gap on December 4, 2022. The evening's auction will be led by a local, star auctioneer. The live auction will feature fine donated gifts from local businesses plus the perennial favorite Christmas wreaths made by local Community craftspeople. In addition, this year we would like to extend an invitation to the wider Community. To discuss donations, please contact Steve Michel ((802) 259-2049 or An emailed photo of your item would be helpful. The evening promises to be filled with foods and festivities and, most important, a welcome Community gathering after two long years.

Festival of Lights Benefit Auction


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 2022

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, 2022 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.

A color photo of the Mt. Holly Community Historical Museum on Tarbellville Road in Belmont.