Folsom School 3-4 Faces and Places Website

The students in Dr. Robinson's 3-4 Team, along with their library media specialist, Mrs. Sharon Hayes, have created a website all about South Hero history after interviewing townsfolk. Click here to learn about some buildings in town and the famous families that lived there in the past.

Friday, February 21, 2014

MEMORIES OF DAD’S FARM The South Hero Historical Society welcomes Rod Larrow, Ray Allen, and Tim Maxham, who will share memories of growing up on the farm. They will meet at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7th at Folsom Ed. Center. Each of them comes from multi-generations of farmers. Descended from Ira Allen, at least four generations of Allens have farmed the Allenholm Farm on South Street. Presently we think of it as an orchard with some berries and vegetables, but at one time it was also a dairy, selling individual bottles of milk. The former Larrow farm is now owned by Ron and Celia Hackett. Rod’s Grandfather owned a farm about two miles down the road, also on South Street. As a teenager one of Rod’s chores was to hoe the bean field. At that time beans were an important side crop, and also provided jobs for workers in the bean factory. One year he was called on to substitute for the milkman. Early in the morning he trucked around So. Hero, pulling cans dripping cold water out of coolers. He gained an up close and personal appreciation for the farms of South Hero. Tim Maxham family farmed what is now Good Hope Farm (formerly Contentment Farm) There are stories of other farm families gathering on Saturday nights to dance in the kitchen. The Maxhams then moved to Enosburg where they operated a large farm. When his father, Ivan, developed an illness related to his work in the barn, they moved back to So Hero where his father worked on the Allen farm. They had a sugar house in the back yard. They and the neighbors tapped the maples on South Street. For a number of years South Street enjoyed the sweet smell of maple during the month of March. The SHHS has delighted in the large crowds, children and adults, members and non-members who have attended our meetings. It is a joy to see the enthusiasm that natives and newcomers experience in these meetings. This meeting promises to be another jam packed with interesting stories. Please join us.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Growing Up in South Hero in the Forties

Being a Kid in South Hero in the Forties and Some “Famous” People Who Lived in South Hero Friday, Feb. 7th @ 7PM We were so excited to have Joyce Robinson Blow and Susan McBride Crowley share personal stories of growing up in So. Hero in the forties. Both are from families who have lived here for generations. Joyce is the daughter of Hollis and Dorilda Robinson. Hollis was a carpenter and caught sturgeon which he shipped by train to Boston. As a child Joyce would help meet the train and transport “city slickers” and their servants to their summer homes. Every year on her birthday Joyce and her family would hop on the train in South Hero and go to Burlington for shopping and dinner. It was a big trip and so much fun! Sue is the daughter of Helen and Henry McBride. They lived on a farm on West Shore Road where Dad also had a sawmill. Granddad helped build the fill for the railroad and her grandmother cooked meals for the railroad workers. Sue has vivid memories and wonderful stories including tales about the Baker family and her close friends, the Folsoms, who gave the first $50,000 for the new school. Sue was actually in the first graduation Folsom School Class. Remember Colonel Jackson of Jackson Pt. fame, who drove the first car across the country? Guess who used to play with his granddaughters?