Welcome to the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association (CLFHA) site. Our museum highlights the education, commerce, industry, tourism and many other topics of interests in Barton, Vermont from the late 1700s to present day. CLFHA was founded in 1985. You will see, for example, archived photos, maps, Barton Academy yearbooks, and many items from Barton's history. Admission to the museum is always free, but please feel free to leave a donation. Every summer there is a popular ice cream social.
CLFHA is a not for profit organization and is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The museum is open every Sunday from June through August from 1 PM to 4 PM or by appointment. Call (802) 525-3084 for an appointment. We will always be happy to open for you.
In the museum, you can buy t-shirts, baseball caps, 1800s Bird's Eye View of Barton prints, and A History of Barton, Vermont, published by the Crystal Falls Historical Association in 1994, written by Darlene Young.
The museum is housed in the Owen-Pierce House (c. 1820) on Water Street, near the Barton Chronicle and across from Barton Graded School. The building and four acres of land were donated by the Delahaye Fund. The Crystal Lake Falls Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places since August 7, 1994.
CLFHA also has a short hiking path, The Brick Kingdom, that spans the waterfalls behind the building. On the trail you will see the 18th century ruins of factories. You will also see beautiful wildflowers and plants native to the area.
On this website you will find slide presentations of Barton's history, photographs both new and old, and other interesting links for Barton, Vermont.