Chester Vermont

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Gray skies, a hint of pale blue on the underbelly of clouds, a few tenacious leaves still clinging to bare branches. The rain and high winds gone, the power back on, we have been spared the worst of the Sandy-Storm, and my thoughts are with neighbors to the south who are dealing with devastation, flooding and fires. The West River is running high, muddy-brown and fast, with branches and logs bobbing on the water as they are carried downstream in the current.

Last week, a sapphire sky, wispy high clouds, and a curvy-licious backroad drive north on Vermont Route 35, understory still lush, sunny-yellow clusters of leaves dancing in the light breeze. On the way, a roadside picnic on the Townshend village green, and a stop for cheese in Grafton. Our destination Chester Village, for tea and books, and an afternoon stroll in the dappled sunshine along Main Street and the Common. A mix of victorian and colonial style architecture, built between 1750 and 1924, now house shops, eateries and inns. A Vermont town with a population of just over 3,000, Chester includes the Depot and Stone Village – both recognized historic districts, worth a visit on another day.


  1. So beautiful photos – I love them. I checked the link You gave and find Yosemite Firehouse. Does it have anything to do with Yosemite? I am asking it due to it, that we have visited it twice.


    1. Hi Sartenada. Thanks for your comment and question. Sorry I do not know anything about the Yosemite Firehouse. But I did find that Yosemite=Grizzly Bear in the Miwak Language. Funny coincidence that you use a bear image for your web photo. 🙂 I hope to go to Yosemite National Park someday…
      Here is what I found:
      Yosemite Fire House, 1878-79, is located on VT Route 103 in Chester. “Yosemite” is a Miwak Indian tribe name meaning Grizzly Bear. “Yosemite” was also the name on the engine purchased for Chester’s Fire House. The name was quickly adopted by the men for their volunteer Fire Department. The Yosemite Fire House is a distinct structure and a fine example of early fire houses. Why two towers? The taller tower was used for drying hoses and the shorter one housed the alarm bell, which can be used today. There are plans to renovate the structure into a Fireman’s Museum.

      For more info, you can contact:
      Chester Historical Society, Inc.
      P. O. Box 118
      Chester, VT 05143
      Email: Chester Historical Society at



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