I f you’ve ever dreamed about traveling back through time to experience what another time period would be like you can stop envisioning it now because Poultney is having a day full of history especially for you.
The Poultney Historical Society will be celebrating its 79th annual East Poultney Day on Saturday Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This long-lasting tradition will take place on the East Poultney Green, which coincidently is the theme of the day’s event; “Celebrating the Town Green.”
This event is something they really look forward to and take pride in.
“The Poultney Historical Society are very dedicated to preserving the history of Poultney and want to keep people in touch with it,” said Jose Galvez, board member of the Poultney Historical Society.
This green isn’t just any old community gathering spot. It’s a public landscape where many different gatherings have taken place and it has a lot of importance to community members. There have been social, political, commercial and civic events held at this very location and it has been bringing the community together for over two and a held centuries of Poultney’s existence.
“Greens really represent community. They are a place where people can come together and get to know each other,” Galvez said.
The town green has even been called a “living artifact” and a “commons” because of what it symbolizes; the English colonial heritage that still survives, nearly unchanged, since Poultney’s original settlement.
“We highlight the Town Green because it’s a place where the town can come together and our green has a lot of historical significance,” Galvez said.
Early on in the day participants will be able to take part in some productive activities including goat milking at 9 a.m. or wool spinning at 10 a.m.
This year the historical society has invited a very special guest. Dr. Mathew Osborn, associate professor of history and environmental studies at Green Mountain College, who was chosen to be the historical speaker for the event. What most qualifies him for such a role is that he is a specialist in British History so he will be more than able to share his knowledge and understandings about the commons and other various concepts he has prepared for the audience. This will take place at 11 a.m. in the Main Events Tent.
During the day if you’re feeling a little artsy you can express yourself by picking up an airbrush and adding your own personal touch to a barn quilt. Artist Jason Janson will be close by for guidance near the Main Events Tent and then at 9 a.m. he will be unleashing his full summer collection of the community arts projects which has been put together by Poultney’s residents of all ages. You will also get a chance to hear him speak about the theory of the Barn Quilt Trails and his visions for the project.
Something new and exciting to look forward to will be a chance to win is one of Janson’s personally painted barn quilt masterpieces, which will be the grand prize of this year’s raffle.
The drawing will take place at 2:30 p.m. and will have plenty of great prizes from local business and vendors. Tickets can be purchased at the Historical Society tent.
Something you can always expect to see each year will be the many vendors in the surrounding area. There will be crafts, art, plants, artisan foods, antiques and collectibles.
Moreover, there is going to be three Historical Society museums with exhibits around the town green.
Also trendy will be a restored schoolhouse, a display of the elaborate layers of Victorian women’s undergarments and Poultney elementary 4th grade signage created for agricultural tools. Screenings of past award winning history day projects short films and the historical society’s own DVD, called “A Tour of Two Villages: Poultney Village, will be shown all day on the hour and available to purchase for anyone interested.