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Our History

The first meeting of the Peacham Historical Association was held on May 29, 1916, when it was decided to organize such a society and officers were chosen with M.W. Chaffee as president.  At the second meeting, on September 16, 1916, the Executive Committee was instructed to prepare a constitution and by-laws, which were approved on the following February 17.   The Association was incorporated August 11, 1921.  

Throughout its history, the PHA continues to preserve, protect and present the vast history of the town of Peacham.   The PHA is supported by a membership that expands across the United States.    To become a member, click here.

The Peacham Historical Association is a non-profit 501c3 corporation.   

 

Strategic Plan

The PHA Board has adopted a Five-Year Strategic Plan to chart the course for the next five years. The Board also crafted the
Association's first vision statement and set out four strategic goals. Click here for the full document.
 
Publications of Peacham History

A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham’s Story. Jutta R. Scott and Michelle Arnosky Sherburne, eds. With an Essay by Lynn A. Bonfield. Illustrated, maps, notes, bibliography. 218 pages, May 2012. Click here for more information.

The history of Peacham was summarized in the 1948 publication: Peacham, The Story of a Vermont Hill Town by Ernest L. Bogart.   Referring to the collections of Peacham history by Miss Jane E. Cowles, and utilizing the bequest of Jenny C. Watts, Mr. Bogart was able to publish this magnificent history for the town.   This book can now be purchased. Click here for information.

Historic Homes of Peacham was prepared by members of the Historic Homes Committee:Deanne Alex, JoAnne and Ronald Crisman, Mary Ellen Reis, Marceya Roy, Joanne Schuyler, and Jutta Scott; and compiled and edited by Jutta R. Scott, December 2007.This book features historic homes and buildings in Peacham, Vermont built before 1900. We were pleased to receive the 2008 Excellence in Publications award from the Vermont Historical Society  for this publication. Click here to purchase a copy of this book online.


The Peacham Anthology is a collection of writings about the village of Peacham, VT, published by the Peacham Historical Association in 2004.  The Peacham Anthology compiles over 40 articles spanning subjects such as The Civil War, blacksmithing, poetry, religion, politics, education, country life, farming and tourism.  A fantastic keepsake of New England History. 

This photo was taken at the celebration for the dedication of the Peacham Anthology.  The book was dedicated to former PHA President, Ed Brown.  Pictured are his wife Beppy
(left) and their dear friend Nancy Bungus. 


Another key publication which summarizes the vast family histories in Peacham is People of Peacham by Jennie Chamberlin Watts and Elsie A. Choate, published by the Vermont Historical Society in 1965.



Monuments in Peacham

In 1924, the PHA placed a marker beside the Old Hazen Road, which served to commemorate not merely this road, built in 1776 by General Jacob Bailey, but also the Peacham stockade, which was built around the Bailey house in 1785 and which stood in the field about ten rods east, the house of Jonathan Elkins, built in 1776, which stood on the opposite side of the road about thirty-two rods to the south and Elkins Tavern.  This marker was erected by the joint efforts of the Peacham Historical Association, the Vermont Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution.  

 

Contacting Us

We welcome your suggestions, comments or questions.  Our mailing address is: 

Peacham Historical Association 

P.O. Box 101

Peacham, VT 05862 

To reach us more quickly, email us at info@peachamhistorical.org or call Dawn Wright, President at 802-592-3000.  

 

Executive Board

Dawn Wright, President

Johanna Branson-Gill, Vice President

Larry Jensen, Treasurer

Jane Alper, Secretary

Trustees

Susan Chandler (term expires 2014)

Morris McCain (term expires 2014)

David Stauffer (term expires 2015)

Rusty Barber (term expires 2015)

Dart Thalman (term expires 2014)

PHA Curator

Lorna Quimby

Buildings & Grounds Committee

Joe Miller