It’s the Holiday Season in Vermont!

When I think of the holiday season in Vermont, I think of snow, skiing, and spreading some holiday cheer. While I can’t see much (any!) snow outside my window right now, I can definitely find some in the archive. Here are just a few holiday photos that we have in our collection. Enjoy!

Where do all those gorgeous Christmas trees come from? From tree farms across Vermont! These trees are being harvested from a tree farm in Morristown, VT.

Here’s a great photo from the Vermont State Archives of the State Building at Christmas. Look at that beautiful tree!

Speaking of trees, here’s a family with two young children picking out a Christmas tree.

Have a wonderful holiday!

-Ana

Transportation of the Future

This image is from the early 1900s, and is a unique look into what someone thought transit of the future could be. The photo shows many forms of transportation including a subway to Boston, a streetcar to Springfield, and a blimp to Mt. Ascutney.

What do you think transportation of the future will look like? Will the interstate still be a major form of transportation in 50 years? In 100?

-Ana

 

Have you found your Halloween costume yet?

Halloween is fast approaching, and where better to get inspiration from than the Landscape Change archive!

This little gem is from a school Halloween parade in Weybridge, Vermont, in 1985. Some of those costumes are absolutely adorable!

Need some help dressing your pet? Check out this photo:

This 1913 photo shows a boy and his horse dressed up as an rather convincing 194 year old elephant (at least in a thumbnail image from afar).

First Day of Fall

It’s officially fall and in Vermont that means it’s fall foliage season! In the database we have lots of beautiful photos from around the state, including this 1975 image of Warden Farms in Barnet, VT.

The farm is still operational and family run, but is now going by the name KWW Farm. More information about the farm can be found here: http://www.localharvest.org/kww-farm-M39108. This farm is part of the Caledonia Farmer’s Market Association, and products from this farm can be found at the St. Johnsbury Farmer’s Market.

-Ana

Transportation along Main St, Burlington

This sequence of four images contains some of the most viewed photos in the Landscape Change Program database.

From oldest to newest, they show the transportation changes that took place along Main Street in Burlington, Vermont, over the years. From a newly paved road in 1920, to the streetcars that lasted only a few decades, to the busy asphalt road of today, these images display a transformation that happened across the country.

Richmond: Rolling Hills, Picnics, and a Preservationist’s Dream

Today we left the craziness of Burlington and made the trek 20 minutes south to land in picturesque Richmond. As soon as you get off I-89 you are bombarded with the beauties of nature at every angle.

We made our way to the Historic Round Church where the structure, as well as the small-town charm, remains. Crossing the Checkered House Bridge (under construction at the time) you would know you were in farm country even with your eyes closed. The smell of cows and earth hit me right away- it was fantastic!

We ate our lunch picnic-style at the park next to the On the Rise Bakery- couldn’t resist a sunny, mid-70 degree day. Ana, Sandra, and I walked the streets of the small downtown trying to get a sense of what it may have felt like 100 years ago.

The preservationist in me came roaring to the forefront as we re-photographed what was the Richmond Creamery on Jolina Court. The two-story gable-roofed section is all that remains from the original building. I could easily imagine a cleaned up landscape, repaired roof and windows, and a gorgeous surrounding view. Ah, if only!

The little building with the green door was, by far, my favorite find that day. Something about that green door that just caught my eye and made me wonder, what was this?

Do any of you know?

-Katie