5:30 pm17:30

Band Concert and Ice Cream Social

  • Woodstock History Center

Come listen to the traditional music of the South Royalton Band while you enjoy ice cream. Please bring chairs or blankets. Admission by donation.

This event will be postponed in the event of rain.

7:00 pm19:00

Vermont vs Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age.

Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips ranging chronologically from 1919’s Way Down East to 2005’s Thank You for Smoking.

Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, and co-hosted by Pentangle Arts and the Woodstock History Center.

Location: Town Hall Theater.



1:00 pm13:00

1st Annual Excursion

The History Center is planning to hold its first annual "Excursion". This interdisciplinary event will cover the Cobb Hill Area (Vondell Resevoir) that lies between West Woodstock and Prosper.

1:00 pm13:00

4th Annual Old Time Fair

Old fashioned games, crafts, live music, photo booth with vintage attire, baby goats, prizes, silent auction, food, face painting, and lots more.

Admission: 25 cents

Thank you to the Byrne Foundation for being the Principal Sponsor of this community event.

Thank you to the Byrne Foundation for being the Principal Sponsor of this event. Our community appreciates your support!

Thank you to the Byrne Foundation for being the Principal Sponsor of this event. Our community appreciates your support!

7:00 pm19:00

Opium Eaters

Slide lecture with author Gary Shattuck on the opium epidemic in Vermont in the 19th century. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this program.

Admission: Free

2:00 pm14:00

Book Release about Woodstock, Vermont

About The Book & Author

Set in outstanding natural beauty, many Vermont communities have a unique sense of history and place, and Woodstock has long been considered among the most vibrant and beautiful of them all. Nestled within the eastern foothills of the Green Mountains and the Ottauquechee River valley, from the time of its founding in 1761, the story of Woodstock has been a tapestry rich with culture, architecture, and events. Early in the town's development, Woodstock was designated by Vermont as the seat of government for Windsor County, and in turn, this brought an influx of lawyers and other professionals together with business and real estate entrepreneurs. The joining of several early turnpikes in Woodstock meant more travelers through town. In years after 1875, when the Woodstock Railway opened, the town became an even greater hub for tourists and those in business. By the early 20th century, Woodstock with its great scenic beauty was recognized as a premier destination for year-round recreation.

Utilizing the extensive archives of the Woodstock History Center, Frank J. Barrett Jr., a second-generation architect, has compiled a far-ranging overview of this truly beautifully historic community.

Discussion and book signing for the book Woodstock, Vermont by Frank Jay Barrett. This Acadia Press book will be available at the event for purchase and signing. The exhibit The History of The Green: Woodstock's Central Park will be open for viewing.

1:00 pm13:00

Tour Season Opening

Join us for our opening day and view several new exhibitions including: The History of The Green: Woodstock's Central Park; The Dana Family in Woodstock; The History of Hats

2:00 pm14:00

Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Vermont and New Hampshire

Many believe that slavery was only an issue in the South. In fact, there were slaves in early Vermont and New Hampshire, and slavery remained a divisive issue in both states. Historian Michelle Arnosky will present a lecture that explores slavery in northern New England and the people who risked their lives to help other find freedom.

9:30 am09:30

Pop-up Co-working

Join other local freelancers, telecommuters, and independent professionals for an office-away-from-the-office at a"Work Together Tuesday" gathering in the History Center's library. Expand your network and surround yourself with good productivity vibes! Internet, coffee and snacks provided by the History Center. Email reshields@gmail.com for more info.

2:00 pm14:00

Memories of Woodstock in the 1950s

Bruce Coffin will share images and recollections of the people and places that made Woodstock special. Bruce' book, The Long Light of Those Days, which focuses on Woodstock during this period, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Note: The location for this program will be the Little Theater next to the Rec. Center.

Bruce Coffin was born and raised in Woodstock, Vermont and educated at The University of Vermont; Trinity College, Dublin; New York University; and Wesleyan University. He has taught English in independent schools in the U.S. and in England and is a contributor to scholarly journals. Since 1972 he has been on the faculty of Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. He is married with two grown children, and he divides his time between Middlebury and Woodstock.

2:00 pm14:00

Thirty Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England

Stephen Long will present a slide lecture based on his book, "Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England." In Vermont, flooding from "Thirty-Eight" was comparable to that of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, but it also tore up the landscape with winds exceeding 100 mph, the only time in recorded history that a Category 2 hurricane has reached Vermont.

Stephen Long is co-founder and former editor of Northern Woodlands magazine and author of More Than a Woodlot: Getting the Most from Your Family Forest. For more than twenty-five years he has been writing about the forests and people of New England. He lives in Corinth, Vermont, with his wife, novelist Mary Hays. 

5:00 pm17:00

Wassail Weekend Open House

  • Woodstock History Center


Join us at the History Center for Wassail-themed exhibits, hot cider and seasonal treats, Celtic harp music, and silent auction