2:00 PM14:00

Reed Brown's 1841 Journey: America Through the Eyes of a Vermont Yankee

The Chittenden County Historical Society presents local historian Richard Allen discussing his latest book. Takes place at the Brownell Library, Kolvoord Room, Essex Jct., VT.

In the fall of 1841, Williston native and Essex resident Reed Brown set out on a two-month odyssey

with dual goals: to obtain a patent for his improved carriage springs, and to assist his brother Nathaniel,

in jail in Ohio. Reed kept a journal that chronicles the dangers and difficulties, as well as some of the

pleasures, of travel in that time.

He experienced:

 a steamboat explosion,

 a rail car derailment,

 hours of a bone-jarring stagecoach ride,

 delightful encounters with fellow travelers,

 unhurried travel on canal boats,

 and warm hospitality along the way.

The journal has been transcribed, supplemented with illustrations, and presented in a well-

researched historical context that includes reminiscences from more famous writers of the same time

period, such as Charles Dickens and Frances Trollope. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Richard always delivers a lively interactive discussion and we look forward to a fun and informative afternoon.

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7:00 PM19:00

Rowan - A Night of Celtic Music

Join us for and evening of Celtic Music provided by the group Rowan. The Williston Brick Church Music series presents this group with the Williston Historical Society as the Host/Beneficiary of proceeds from the concert. More details on the Williston Town’s website.

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2:00 PM14:00

The Devil's Cabinet: The Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums

Come learn about the famous Eddy family of Chittenden, Vermont (Rutland County). During the mid to late 1800's they became world-renowned as spirit mediums with the alleged ability of generating full-bodied spirit manifestations or "materializations" of the departed. People traveled from all over the world to Chittenden to witness these phenomena for themselves. Some came with the hope of seeing and speaking to their own departed family members. Others came as skeptics, hoping to debunk the family's alleged powers as "humbug". By 1874, the family was so well-known that Chittenden started being referred to as "Spirit Vale". To this day, there are many who believe that the family had genuine supernatural abilities. Discover the unique connection to Williston.

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