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

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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.

The exhibit includes many c.1890 photographs of Middletown Springs children, like this lovely girl posed in a field of Black Eyed Susans. The photographs, from glass plate negatives, are by Middletown Springs photographer  Dana Carpenter (1863-1940).
The exhibit includes childhood diary entries of Hazel and Lucy Grover, pictured here on their pony. Several items in the exhibit were donated by their family, including Hazel’s goat cart.

Childhood in Middletown Springs, 1850-1920

New Exhibit Runs June 18-December 31

The Strawberry Festival marks the opening of a new exhibit in the Middletown Springs Historical Society Museum. Childhood in Middletown Springs, 1850-1920, features children’s toys, amusements, books, furniture, clothing, photographs, diaries and written accounts of childhood memories from the museum collection.

Donated by Middletown Springs residents, these items collectively interpret early childhood in this part of rural America during a time of great change in attitudes toward children’s play, education, and work. Along with child labor laws and mandatory education laws, the concept of play became fodder for the scientific field of child psychology and behavioral development.

Strawberry Festival Returns June 18

The 48th Annual Strawberry Festival offers a classic summer treat at the Middletown Springs Historical Society on Sunday, June 18, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Strawberry lovers are invited to the Historical Society building on the Green in Middletown Springs for delicious strawberry shortcake made with fresh Vermont berries, homemade biscuits, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, with a choice of iced tea, lemonade or hot coffee. Berries will be available for sale by the quart.

Local artists and craftspeople will display and sell their work, including maple products, jewelry, photography, knitted items, and honey and beeswax products. There will be live music during the event as well as historic children’s activities. As part of this annual fundraising event, a Vermont Country Store gift basket of Vermont products will be raffled off.

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

Framed pastel portrait of the late Kay Avery, a resident of Middletown Springs, that was painted by artist Mary Seymour in 1928. She is posed in a lovely soft green sleeveless chiffon dress with a draped ruffle on one side, and she is wearing a long string of white pearls. Kay Avery (1908-2005) was one of the founding members of the Middletown Springs Historical Society back in 1969.

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