Pittsford Historical Society

Pittsford Historical Society Inc. News - Spring 2017

Eaton HallMuseum Hours:
Regular visiting hours are 9 am to 4 pm.

During this time, volunteers gather for a variety of constructive activities, and company is always welcome. Visitors to town outside normal hours should contact our Curator, Anne Pelkey, or Steve Belcher, for access to the museum.

Located in Eaton Hall, 3399 US Route 7.
Address mail to:
PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT   05763
(802) 483-2040

Curator: Anne Pelkey 483-6178
Membership: Steve Belcher
Newsletter: Steve Belcher, spbelcher4@myfairpoint.net 483-2852
Genealogy Research: Peggy Armitage 483-2108. peggy.armitage@gmail.com

Pittsford Historical Society, Inc.

 PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763    802.483-2040    www.pittsfordhistorical.com


Newsletter - Winter 2016-7

Museum Hours

The Museum will open again on April 4. The hours are: Tuesdays from 9 am to 4 pm. This year, we will not be opening on Sundays; the lack of visitors and the challenge of finding volunteers to staff the museum are the combined factors behind this decision. Visitors can still make arrangements to visit the Museum in off-hours by calling Anne Pelkey or Steve Belcher (contact info given at the end of the newsletter).

Program Schedule

The Executive Board met in January and approved the following schedule of activities for the year.

Members’ Meetings

April 2: Members’ Meeting and Program, starting with a pot luck supper at 5:30 pm at the Congregational Church in Pittsford and a business meeting at 6:30.

President Bill Powers will offer a practiced slide presentation on the 1957 plane crash north of Chittenden in the Green Mountains. In 2000 the family began trying to find the crash site, whose location had been forgotten, and that is when Bill got involved. Brian Lindner may also participate; he is an expert on plane crashes in Vermont.

June 11: Members’ Meeting and Program, starting with a pot luck supper at 5:30 pm at the Congregational Church in Pittsford, business meeting at 6:30, and program around 7:00 pm.
Joe Gagnon will present the history of his grandfather’s aluminum foundry, A. Langlois & Sons, located in the mid 1940's near the Rutland_Pittsford town line. Alphonse Langlois and his sons George and David, made aluminum reproductions of cast iron Victorian lawn statuary & furniture.

August 6: 2-4 pm: a visit to the Florence Chapel, built in 1907 and now the property of Elizabeth Simpson and Howard Banow. Elizabeth and Howard bought the building in 2012 and have turned it into a beautiful second home.

October 22: Annual Members’ Meeting and Program, starting with a pot luck supper at 5:30 in the basement of the Congregational Church.
‘Scrapbooks: the Facebook of the Past.’ Barb Willis has been going through the scrapbooks donated to the PHS, and with Steve Belcher and others, we plan to put together a presentation on some of the noted delights that past Pittsfordites wanted to preserve.

Other Activities

May 29, Memorial Day. The PHS continues its involvement with our Memorial Day celebrations. The parade starts at 12:30 pm, from the Village Green, and will proceed down Arch St. to the Fire Station for the ceremonies. The speaker will be Cathy Rider, a US Navy Veteran.

July 15, Tag and Bake Sale, starting at 9:00 am at Eaton Hall.
We are grateful for donations of goods to be sold, including edibles (yes, they get sold and contribute substantially to the day’s take). Also help with sorting and pricing the donations, setting up, etc. would be most welcome.


We should note that two members of the PHS, the late Emerson Frost and Butch Shaw, were the dedicatees of the town report: Emerson for his long commitment to community involvement, and Butch for his long service with the Fire Department. The town report is available on the website of the town of Pittsford; the cover photo shows the new Veterans’ Memorial on Plains Rd.

Town Notes

The winter has not been too bad. The report would have been more mud than snow (thanks to thaws) except for the storm that came on the Ides of March.

The Town Meeting, and the vote that followed the next day, marked quite a contrast with the excitement and passion that we saw in November. There was an innovation: those attending the meeting were asked to check in at a desk with electoral rolls, to verify their eligibility to vote (in past years, this formality has been performed by the moderator, relying on an honor system). They were then issued green index cards to raise when voting. Helen McKinley reports that 68 green cards were issued. The practice apparently follows a meeting of the Vermont Association of Town Clerks, at which the question of verification was raised. We expect heightened security in the purchase of colored index cards before next year’s meeting.

The meeting went quickly and smoothly; questions from the floor covered the speed-limit on Plains Rd. and, during the State Rep presentation, the question of placement of Vermont prisoners outside of Vermont. Butch Shaw and Peg Flory had little to report, other than on-going activities, from Montpelier, because much is in limbo. Peg Flory did mention the plans for Rte. 7 improvement, but commented she expected her ashes to be underground before the section running through Pittsford is addressed; we hope this means not before 2050.

There was only one contested seat on the ballots: for the Otter Valley School board. Many functions had no candidate. Apparently the aspiring politicians of Pittsford do not appreciate the leverage that can be gained by serving as Grand Juror or Lister or Moderator. There were around 300 ballots cast.

Membership Notes

We would like to thank all the members who have renewed, with extra thanks to those who have sent in an additional donation. We would like to see you all at Eaton Hall, or at a Members’ Meeting, this year. And we would love to have news, questions, requests, and the like. Please be in touch.

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Membership in the Society extends over a calendar year. Your dues support the annual operating expenses of Eaton Hall. Please send your check, payable to Pittsford Historical Society to: (Welcome to the new Membership Chairman) Stephen P. Belcher IV. Send dues to

Stephen P. Belcher IV
PO Box 423
Pittsford, VT 05763

We thank you for your continued support.


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