The Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is a non-profit edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tion whose mis­sion is to pro­mote an under­stand­ing of the his­tory of Danville, VT, by col­lect­ing, pre­serv­ing, exhibit­ing and inter­pret­ing that his­tory and its rela­tion­ship to the region and nation beyond to audi­ences of all ages and interests.

Danville Historical Society sign

open Tues­day and Thurs­day from noon to 7:00

It’s All About Community

Danville has always been a strong and indus­tri­ous com­mu­nity. In 1796 it was the county seat of Cale­do­nia County and hosted the 1805 Ver­mont leg­isla­tive ses­sion. It had its own weekly news­pa­per, the North Star and is the birth­place of one of our country’s most noted statesman—Thaddeus Stevens. One Ver­mont gov­er­nor came from Danville.

But the real heroes of Danville are its cit­i­zens, liv­ing day in and day out, work­ing the land, build­ing its farms, houses, busi­nesses, churches, library and schools. Work­ing and liv­ing together, the peo­ple have woven a cul­ture that is thought­ful and car­ing. It is this cul­ture that the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety strives to sus­tain. We do this by seek­ing and col­lect­ing arti­facts and records of events as well as the sto­ries of men and women in our past. By doing this, we honor the work and lives of those who have gone before us. In hon­or­ing the past, we so honor the present, and hope­fully this will help carry the cul­ture forward.

In 1961, a group of like-minded peo­ple got together to form the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety. The legal orga­ni­za­tion was nec­es­sary to con­serve the Old North Church in North Danville. No longer used by the church that owned it, the beau­ti­ful old meeting-house had begun to dete­ri­o­rate. Thus, the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety was offi­cially formed and the build­ing trans­ferred into hands that would keep its integrity intact. The soci­ety then began in earnest to gather and keep detailed records of the town’s his­tory. Until recently, these records and arti­facts had no home and were stored wher­ever space was avail­able and granted. In 2007, a gen­er­ous bene­fac­tor came for­ward to give a per­ma­nent home, which now serves as our cen­ter of activ­ity. The Choate-Sias House offi­cially opened for busi­ness in 2009.

12 Responses to About

  1. sue george says:

    My fam­ily and I lived in Silas Dole’s house on Dole’s Hill in 1967 for 2 years..our last name was Jenkins..Do you have any infor­ma­tion about Mr. Dole.?

  2. Dee Palmer says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Some­one just came in ask­ing where Col. Pre­ston is buried. I should know that — but I don’t! (or can’t remem­ber!) Do you know?

    • sharon lakey says:

      He is buried in the old part of the ceme­tery. We have a map at the His­tor­i­cal House, so if the per­son is still in town, they could come dur­ing open hours to view the map.

  3. Jack LaDuke says:

    Sev­eral years ago I attended your won­der­ful Dowser Fes­ti­val.
    Do you still have it, and if so could you tell me when?
    Jack Laduke

    • sharon lakey says:

      Hi Jack, The Dowsers Con­ven­tion is no longer held in Danville. It had been moved to Lyn­don State Col­lege, but one would check the admin­is­tra­tion of the Dowsers that is still located in Danville for bet­ter details. It was quite fun! But, it just got too big for our lit­tle town.

  4. Martha W Judd says:

    I am look­ing for infor­ma­tion about the Danville Bap­tist Soci­ety that was instru­men­tal in form­ing Derby Acad­emy in Derby VT., as a the­ol­ogy school about 1840 Does the church have this infor­ma­tion or is it with the his­tor­i­cal society?

    • sharon lakey says:

      Hi Martha,
      We do have some infor­ma­tion on Bap­tists in the Town, but noth­ing called the Danville Bap­tist Soci­ety. Have you infor­ma­tion from the Derby Acad­emy, that can pin­point any infor­ma­tion com­ing from our end?

  5. jim infantino says:

    I have a diary from a per­son who lived in Danville, 1850–1851, no name, but I won­dered if you would like to have it for your archives? Its very detailed, out­lin­ing daily weather and work. Might have been a min­is­ter. I used to teach his­tory and col­lected doc­u­ments for class use, but now I would like to get them back where they came from. Just let me know. Thanks Jim

  6. Marian L Shatto says:

    Hello, I’m a mem­ber of the Board of the Lititz (PA) His­tor­i­cal Foun­da­tion and have just real­ized that Danville, VT, birth­place of Thad­deus Stevens, is on my route in mid-June. I’m won­der­ing if you are open more days than just Tues­days and Thurs­days once we get past Memo­r­ial Day. Or is there an alter­na­tive loca­tion, like a Wel­come Cen­ter, where a trav­eler can find infor­ma­tion? I expect to be pass­ing through Danville on Fri­day, June 19. Thank you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.