The general membership meetings were held monthly May through October and are open to the public. After a brief business meeting, a program of local interest was presented followed by complimentary refreshments. Schedules of upcoming programs can be found on our website noted below and in the Town Newsletter.
Wallingford Historical Society collections are located on the second floor of Town Hall
For more information on upcoming programs, membership opportunities, publications and photo galleries, visit our website at: http://wallingfordhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/
Board of Directors Joyce Bailey, Tammy Heffernan, Lowell Klock, Ann Pace, and Marc Pramuk
Wallingford Perspectives – Published quarterly by the Wallingford Historical Society, Inc. in the past
Autumn 2017 Newsletter Click Here to Read
Winter 2016 Newsletter Click Here to Read
South Wallingford Industry and Economy During the 1800s Click Here to Read
History of Wallingford, VT chapter on Wallingford Schools Click Here to Read
“Tragic Deaths on the Gulf Road” by John Rumbold Click Here to Read
Wallingford Historic District Walking Tour
Folks interested in taking a walking tour of the village Historic District should click here.
Historic Architecture of Wallingford
The Historic Architecture of Rutland County is part of the effort by the Division for Historic Preservation to encourage and enhance appreciation of historic resources. To read click here.
Boy And the Boot
The Boy and the Boot fountain located at the juncture of Route 7 and 140 and is one of a handful of similar Boy and the Boot statues around the U.S. and elsewhere.
According to a relative, this particular Boy was sculpted by Warren Dunning Haggerty, a Wallingford resident. The Boy is colorfully painted, with his eyes closed as if eternally sleepwalking through town. His right boot, held aloft, dribbles a stream of water into a circular pool.
A plaque on the pool, which sits on the front lawn of the Wallingford Inn, reads: “Erected to the memory of Arnold Young by his children, April 3, 1898.” Mr. Young owned the Wallingford Inn until 1870.
Around 1910 the Boy disappeared from his original spot on the streets of Wallingford (His pool had been used as a trough for thirsty horses). The Boy turned up ten years later in the Wallingford Inn’s attic, and in 1927 he was installed on the Inn’s lawn. Despite this narrower focus, the Boy remains the civic symbol of the entire town.
East Wallingford Railroad Section Museum
Section houses were built to provide shelter, storage and offices for railroad maintenance workers. Although its age is not certain, Section House #14 dates from the late 1800’s/turn of the century. The East Wallingford Railroad building holds a special attraction – “Fairmont Motor Car Number 118” – rail maintenance vehicle known as a “speeder car.” This gasoline powered vehicle replaced the original hand-pump car railroad workers used to travel along and maintain Section 14 of the rail line. The Section House is located at the bottom of Sugar Hill Rd, just around the corner and visible from the train crossing on Rt 140 in East Wallingford Village.
Looking for a unique gift? How about a copy of “The History of Wallingford” by Thorpe for only $20 or “The People of Wallingford” by Batcheller for $25 or “The History of Sugar Hill” by Gary Wade for $10? Copies can be picked up at Town Hall or send a check with the appropriate amount plus $5 for shipping before December 15 and we will mail it to you. Checks should be made out to Wallingford Historical Society and sent to Joyce Barbieri, 662 Creek Road, Wallingford, VT 05773. Happy Holidays.
Murder on Sugar Hill–Click on picture below to read article