Middletown Springs, Vermont

The Historical Society

The Middletown Springs Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits community history at its museum in the historic Adams House on the Green in Middletown Springs and at the Mineral Springs Park nearby on Burdock Avenue

Visit Us

The Adams House is located at 10 Park Avenue. The museum is open on Sundays, 2-4 p.m., from Memorial Day through October, and by appointment. The Historical Society presents several public events each year for educational and fundraising purposes. It also offers seasonal and ongoing exhibits. The Mineral Springs Park, located at 11 Burdock Avenue, is open to the public during daylight hours year-round.

15 people stand by bicycles circa 1910/
Members of the Leonidas Gray and A. Y. Gray families and neighboring Greene and Hickock families pose with bicycles on South Street in Middletown Springs, c. 1910. Photo: Middletown Springs Historical Society Collection
Sisters Hazel and Lucy Grover pose for formal photo sitting on straw settee. Early 1900s.
In 1907, Grover sisters Lucy (left) and Hazel (right) wrote diary entries from January through May. Their diaries provide a peek into childhood on a farm near Middletown Springs at the turn of the 20th century. Photo courtesy Alice Blakely Marsh, granddaughter of Lucy Grover Blakely.

Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

Special Program at 54th Annual Meeting

The 54th Annual Meeting of the Middletown Springs Historical Society will convene at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 17, at the Historical Society Building. Guest speaker UVM Professor Luis Vivanco will present his slide program, Of Wheelmen, The New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920. Prof. Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1870s. During the 1890s, enthusiasm exploded statewide as bicycles became safer, women took to the wheel, roads improved, and retailers developed novel advertising techniques to draw in buyers. Read the full story in the September 2023 Newsletter, page 4.

Museum Open House Features Dramatic Reading of Childhood Diaries of Lucy and Hazel Grover

This year’s annual Museum Open House on Sunday, October 8, 2-4:00 p.m., features a dramatic reading of excerpts from the 1907 childhood diaries of sisters Lucy and Hazel Grover. The program also includes a gallery talk about the new exhibit, Childhood in Middletown Springs, 1850-1920, which runs through March 17.

Young actors Anya Brostek, Shoreham, and Ellie Ruck, Middletown Springs, play the parts of Lucy and Hazel, respectively. Their performance is under the direction of Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, a partner in Theatre in the Woods summer camp in Middletown Springs. The diaries document children’s work, education, and play—themes that run through the Childhood exhibit. Read the full story in the September 2023 Newsletter, page 5.

Website Volunteer Needed

If you can’t get enough of social media, we have a great volunteer opportunity! Our new WordPress website will benefit from additional content and updates to keep it fresh and worthy of frequent visits. 

About the Website Project

This restored “high wheel” bike by the Pope Manufacturing Co., Boston is a 56.5 inch Columbia model, patented in 1878. It belonged to the family of Dr. Emelie Perkins, well-known pediatrician in Rutland from 1950-1970. It will be on display for the 54th Annual Meeting on September 17 when UVM Professor Luis Vivanco presents his slide program, Of Wheelmen, The New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920.