IPHS President Message
Sharon J. Biron
Many warm greetings!
Preserving traditions of the past is important especially in an area as unique as Island Pond. The Northeast Kingdom is a treasure trove of beautiful villages and small towns. Yet of them all Island Pond truly sparkles, it's the 'jewel in the crown' of the NEK and worthy of the attention of even the most discerning visitor.
With its expansive lake of clear blue water, gentle hills of rich dense forest, and friendly eateries, hotels, lodges, camps and hiking trails there is so much for you and your family to discover. Did you know this area of Vermont is the secret training ground of world class cyclists training for the Tour de France!
Island Pond has a history dating back many hundreds of years. Logging, lumbering, sugaring, woodsmen and....the railroad! Who doesn't love the romance and mystery of the Grand Trunk, heart strings are pulled by the vision that is the old railroad station, and our own historical society shows a host of railroad paraphernalia as well as lodge regalia, logging tools, Victorian era artifacts, and military memorabilia dating backwards from the conflict in Afghanistan to Vietnam, WWII, WW1 and the civil war.
Boating and swimming and forest picnics in summer - snow mobiling, sledge rides, and snowball fights in winter. Leaf peeping in the Fall, and a wonderful outpouring of blossoms in Spring, Island Pond is the natural all-season place to visit all year around especially if you like wild birds, eagles, bears, wolves, moose and all manner of wildlife.
Island Pond is proud to host visitors from all over the world!
Don't be afraid to get in touch, it costs nothing to ask. If you need information on visiting this area we have a chamber of commerce who can recommend a lot of excellent hotels, rentals, places to eat, or interesting sites to visit. Maple tours are especially popular. Here at the Island Pond Historical Society there is a large museum for you to visit and it's fascinating, we also specialize in historical enquiries and can help trace your family tree. If your ancestors were from around here there's a very good chance one of our old newspapers or books will have some mention of them. I think there's nothing nicer than discovering your own genealogical background so come and pay us a visit!
Sharon J Biron