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Duxbury and Moretown celebrate 250 years

Town of Duxbury celebrates 250th anniversary

The town of Duxbury, Vermont, established in 1763, is celebrating its 250th anniversary with a community potluck on Friday, June 7, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Crossett Brook Middle School.

Hosted by "Governor Benning Wenworth" in costume, the event will include entertainment by Anne & James Harvy, the Barre-Tones and the Will Evans Band. Local artists and businesses will also showcase their products and services.

The Moretown Post Office will be offering a special pictorial postmark to mark the Duxbury's 250th anniversary. Former Officer in Charge Naomi Tilton and her staff will stamp letters and postcards with a unique postmark documenting the event.

"Specially authorized by the U.S. Postal Service, this special postmark is a wonderful way to take home an inexpensive souvenir of the occasion," said organizer Willie Docto.

Duxbury is a quiet town of hills and Camel's Hump linking Waterbury and the Mad River Valley.

"With a population of about 1,200, Duxbury is home to generations of families as well as to many newcomers. It's a place rich with traditions and warm hearts. It's a community where neighbors take care of neighbors and where moose and bear run freely. Duxbury is a magical place where wildlife and people share in nature's beauty," Docto said.

The Duxbury 250 Committee – a task force of the Duxbury Historical Society – is planning a wide variety of activities as part of the celebration, including the opening ceremony and community picnic on June 7, the Duxbury Fun Run on June 9, the Duxbury B&B Tour on June 16, participating in the Waterbury Independence Day Parade on June 29 and the Vermont Philharmonic Pops concert on August 11. There are also ongoing activities such as independent hikes to the peak of Camel's Hump and a photo contest sponsored by the Duxbury Land Trust.

The Duxbury 250 Committee invites residents from neighboring towns and other visitors to participate. The committee is also seeking volunteers to help organize and staff the various events. More information can be found at www.duxbury250.com.

 

 Moretown 250th anniversary

The town of Moretown turns 250 this year and it’s celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the town charter with a four-day festival of townwide events!

Starting Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m., Moretown Elementary School is hosting a barbecue (suggested donation), to be followed by a 6 p.m. student production of Circus Smirkus.

Friday, May 24, is a potluck dinner at Moretown Town Hall at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by a historic presentation at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, is a village-wide yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by live music by Big Hat, No Cattle at the Town Hall from 6 to 9 p.m., with a 50-50 raffle drawing at 8 p.m.

The celebration comes to an end on Sunday, May 26, with a historical display at Town Hall at 1 p.m., a clapboard mill demo at Ward Mill at 2 p.m. and cake cutting at the Town Hall at 2 p.m.

All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. Donations to the Moretown Historical Society are welcome.

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