Trees light up the Island Pond Historical Society Museum. Four new members join. Trips are taken, and donated artifacts flood in. 

This year the museum has four trees lighting up the winter darkness. One tree stands in each window, gaily lit and bedecked with silver stars. Two trees stand in front of the center doors, their verdant boughs holding snowflakes marked with the names of loved ones and much missed pets. Teddy the Dog has pride of place on the top. IPHS members are great pet lovers. The tree in the center of town is up too. Just look at the colors! Ray Fontaine created this one, he retired 19th September and has done a wonderful job for years.

Join us in welcoming new members

We're honored to have four new members to introduce you to. Their names are Janet & Eli Xenelis who recently moved to Island Pond from Old Saybrook, CT. after buying the Boylan home on Curran Avenue, and Chris & Irene Doyle of Carson, CA. Chris (bottom left) is related to the late Dr. Mary Lou Lovering, and to the Rooneys, O'Briens, and Flahertys of Island Pond. Eli & Janet are especially interested in the history of their home and are researching whether their house was relocated from elsewhere in Island Pond. It was once owned by Mr. Curran. Pictured on the right are Janet and Eli on their visit to the historical society museum. If you can help Chris Doyle or Mr. & Mrs. Xenelis with their enquiries then do write in to us please!

The most exciting artifacts have been donated for display in the museum.

Thank you everyone for sending in such exciting items. Thank You letters have been sent out, and your items are on display in the museum. From Chris Doyle, a batch of interesting documents relating to the Flaherty family. They moved here to work on the railroad in 1855. In time, both Flaherty brothers became leading members of the Friendly Society of St. Patrick. From Morris MacKenney - a 1950 Brightonian in perfect condition! Two great old signs from Mrs, Eva J. Martin.  Eva's Soapine and Battleax signs date to the mid-1800s and were salesmen's trade cards by salesmen that were later placed in grocery store windows. The power of Victorian era advertising!

Rogers' Rangers site at Granby, VT. and a trip to Huntington, Old Bowie, MD. 

Getting out and about exploring historical sites is fascinating. Recent trips include a visit to the newly constructed Gazebo at Granby where visitors can shelter from the wind, and a longer road trip to Maryland to see the Belair Mansion and Stables, and the old Huntington train station which was moved from one side of the tracks to the other. Though their railroad museum was closed it was wonderful to see this piece of history.

Also donated were four beautiful O. T. Davis photographs of babies in 1800's circa Island Pond. These photographs were found in a box at an auction attended by a lady in Raynham MA. The lady's daughter, Kathy Carpenter, kindly sent the photos on to us, aren't they lovely. These photos also show a vintage egg whisk and farm book donated by Ricky Martin, and Nancy Wing Hinerth's Brighton High School sports sweater.


The colors are bright and vibrant. I think visitors to the historical society museum will love admiring this relic. Nancy was Alan Wing's cousin, she passed away earlier this year.


One interesting Ebay find was this 1907 Grace Methodist Church postcard which is now on display in the Children's section of the IPHS museum.

Belair Mansion

Built 1745, Stables 1908

The grounds at Belair are full of red Holly berry bushes.

Rogers' Rangers Historical Marker and the new Gazebo at Granby. Hard to find but well worth the trip.

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