The Richford Historical Society was formed in 1978. In 1991 the Society acquired the vacant 1908 fire station on Main Street and, through the help of the American Legion, former residents and townspeople, the roof and some windows were replaced, an elevator was installed and the upstairs restored.
People in the community and beyond have been very generous in donating artifacts depicting the history of the town. Upstairs are meeting and storage rooms and a furnished fifties kitchen. Downstairs are displays that range from photographs and advertising to a pony cart, costumes and an early fire hose.The museum has a little bit of everything and every resident of Richford should stop by.
The “Pinwheels” quilt being raffled at the quilt show on October 7 is on display. Raffle tickets for the quilt are available at the museum. The annual quilt show is held at the Methodist Church on River Street.
The museum is open Saturdays from June 21 through Oct 11 from 9:30 – 1:00 and by appointment and has many visitors during the 4th of July Old Home Days weekend. This year the hours will be 9:30 – 4:00 on July 5 and 10:00 – 2:00 on July 6. St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, which is on the national register of historic places, will be open on July 5 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
In 2005 the History of Richford by Jack Salisbury was reprinted and is for sale at the museum. The book was originally printed by the Society in 1987 and was quickly sold out with copies only available on the Internet.The history includes the first 150 years and is filled with tales of bootlegging, smuggling of humans, the railroad era, flood, Depression and the heyday of manufacturing and its important wood industry, to name a few.
Contributions payable to the Richford Historical Society are always welcome and are used toward upkeep of the museum and restoration of St. Ann’s Church. Please mail to Richford Historical Society, c/o John Libbey, P.O. Box 463, Richford, VT 05476.