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Articles published in the North Star Monthly

Bringing the Bank to Danville, Part one

A History of the Bank of Caledonia and Caledonia National  Bank By Patty Conly, President of the Danville Historical Society Imagine what life must have been like for the early pioneers following their arrival to this area, a virgin wilderness … Continue reading

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A Woman of Uncommon Generosity–Mary Elizabeth Goff Robinson

By Sharon Lakey, Danville Historical Society “Until I began to compile lifelong information, I didn’t realize the full range of gifts Meg was giving to others throughout her life, without the slightest wish for praise.” Charles A. Robinson, 2013 On July … Continue reading

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February, 1864–The General and His Demons

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society A complicated family and mental illness pushed and pulled a man who became one of the most accomplished generals in the Civil War. The news was slow in February ’64: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation decree, … Continue reading

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North Danville Village Farm Receives Vermont Century Farm Award

By Patty Conly, President of the Danville Historical Society There is a unique charm about the quaint and picturesque village of North Danville, nestled in the northeastern corner of Vermont.   It has remained essentially unchanged in many ways for the … Continue reading

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The Largest Refugee Crises Ever Created on the American Continent

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Civil War history often gives short shrift to the fact that the conflict precipitated the largest refugee crisis ever seen on the American continent. Before we read Danville’s North Star reports for January of 1864, … Continue reading

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Dec 1863–Fugitive Slave Law Schizophrenia in the North, King Cotton Implodes in the South and the Civil War is not Over

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society The obligation of states to return runaway slaves was written into the Constitution; however, the issue became a bargaining chip in the great Compromise of 1850 and continued to be a lightning rod between … Continue reading

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October, 1863–Lincoln Pleads for Volunteers; Vermont Sends Blacks Back to Africa

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Danville’s son, radical abolitionist congressman Thaddeus Stevens, continued his litany of fiery rhetoric excoriating the South and the exasperated Unionist paper responded. October 3, 1863 Danville North Star Thaddeus Stevens, of Pennsylvania, recently made … Continue reading

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September 1863–New Depths of Inhumanity Attained, Southern Noose Tightens and Wiggles

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society September brought news about how the Union dealt with its deserters. Two men on opposite sides, whose twisted souls were fired earlier in the cauldron that was the Kansas-Missouri Border War, led their “troops” … Continue reading

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Arnold Langmaid – July 5, 1919 – 93 and Counting

By Dwayne Langmaid First of my remembering much of Arnie, and of course Shirl, they were living in half of the little house across from the old North Danville store. Rather tight quarters by today’s standards, but certainly a step-up … Continue reading

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July, 1863—Vicksburg and Gettysburg–the Price of Victory

by Mark Moore, Historian and Archivist, Danville Historical Society 1863. The third year of the war. The music exalting medal-bedecked glory and the bloodless romance of a quick 90-day war had faded long ago. In its place was endless, mindless … Continue reading

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