Do You Know A Legendary Local? Keep Woodstock History Alive!

Legendary Locals of Woodstock coverWoodstock Early Birds, Arcadia Publishing, which produces hundreds of book on the local history of small towns, has a motto:

Don’t Lose Your Place in History.  

We don’t want Woodstock to lose her place in history. We have just gotten “green-lighted” for a book project with Arcadia Publishing and  would like your help.

We have been asked to put together a virtual “yearbook” of Woodstock, Vermont  for Arcadia Publishing’s  “Legendary Locals”  series– photos and anecdotes, stories about people who lived here, both past and present.

The book will be called “Legendary Locals of Woodstock, Vermont.”   (What you see here is the cover for the Woodstock, New York book).

In particular, we need great  photos of people, families, businesses, workers, public servants, emergency services folks, tradesmen. Individual or group shots of people in front of places, farms, scenes from “the old days” and so forth.

While the Woodstock Historical Society has a wonderful collection of photos and stories from the 1800’s and early 1900’s, we are a bit thin in the 1920’s – Present department.  That’s where you come in. This would be a great time to go through your boxes, your attic, your drawers and pull out that one picture of a person that you think should be part of Woodstock’s history.Old Woodstock Inn Centerpiece of Village  and Winter Sports since early 1900's

Or do you just have a story you love to tell over and over about someone who lives here — or lived here?

We will also be tapping the resources of   archived Vermont Standard newspapers, but really this is about delving into the unknown or forgotten archives of your life and past here in town.

This book seeks to tell the stories of the people “everyone knows” — whether it’s the Camps, or the Dotens, or YOUR FAMILY, or Vilas Bridge or Rhoda Teagle or Betty Emmons. And yes, if you have a special story about time with the Rockefeller or Billings family.

But, this history told through photographs is meant to be more than just the “usual suspects.”  Was your uncle or Dad a particular Woodstock character? Or your Mom? Do you remember a particularly impressive fire that everyone will remember? Did you work at the Woodstock Inn (or did your parents)? What do they remember? Do you have a great pic you would like to be in a book? Do you have a photo with the biggest buck ever? A memorable event or day in Woodstock history?

Woodstock Early Bird’s favorite story from when she was covering news for The Vermont Standard was when local locksmith D.J. Barr — of course in his not-up-to-code Woodstock Volunteer Firefighter shorts —  helped rescue that poor pig from the Ottauquechee River near Leonard’s after it got loose during the barn fire out Route 4.  For starters, does anyone have a picture of that?  Does anyone remember? Little stories like this are what the book is about.  We think we remember something about when the Camp boys set a small fire? Hmm…Then there was the time that old so-and-so…

Vilas Bridge painted by Neil Drevitson of Drevitson and Fox Gallery.

Vilas Bridge: A Painting by Neil Drevitson – Available at Fox Gallery

If you’d like to contribute a name of a person you think should be included in this book or a  photo,  you can easily contribute, comment or upload to a new Facebook page “Legendary Locals of Woodstock Vermont” OR send an email to If you know someone who has a hand-written story (preferably shorter) or some other photo contribution please send it to:

Woodstock Early Bird

PO Box 659

Woodstock, VT 05091

This project is going to have a quick turn-around — We’re looking to give our publisher a list of names in the next few weeks, followed by the BEST photos and stories within a few months.  Let everyone know about “Legendary Locals of Woodstock, Vermont” —  this is a great “clean-out” the closet, bring our dusty history out from under the bed!  It’s about you, your clubs, your fun, where you or your family worked,  business and your life!

For more info on the publisher and the Legendary Locals series:

Also: If you’d just like to list a name or a short story here, use this post’s “comment” section.

If you are already a Facebook user, this link will take you there.

12 responses to this post.

  1. I’d like to do an entry about my stepmother, Ellison Lieberman, well-known for starting the first real gallery in the state of Vermont (Gallery 2) and for helping so many local artists on their roads to success. My father too should be acknowleged: Frank Lieberman was an expert typographer/book designer and worked with Jane and Will Curtis on a number of books about Woodstock, Frederick Marsh, Billings, etc. Both Frank and Ellison were important supporters of VINS, Pentangle, the Wollhouse Players, and many other local endeavors.


  2. Posted by Marsha Fraser on February 16, 2013 at 21:30

    I think John Dosher, the founder and president of the Country School of Photography, South Woodstock, is a great candidate for inclusion in the book. The school was founded in 1946; I’m not sure which year was its last. He was affectionately known by his students as Mr. D.


    • Thanks, Marsha, Quite a few folks have mentioned including the Country School. I will check up on “Mr. D.”! If you or anyone else has a class shot or two of activities or students at the school, let me know! WEB


      • Posted by Toni Richie on February 17, 2013 at 20:11

        I have a nice photo of John Doscher, and possibly some others at the school, as Barb Doscher was a good friend of mine, and left me what remains of the school: papers, files, photos, etc. I’d be happy to help there.

        Toni Richie


  3. Wonderful, Julia! Congratulations!
    My suggestions in addition to above; Kathy Wendling, local historian, a Woodstock legend herself and knowledgeable about many! Lives in town.
    And of course – Jane Curtis!
    Best wishes for the success of this project!


  4. Posted by Bob Pear on February 17, 2013 at 11:51

    Clarence “Tink” Day was a High Street legend and ranks “high” on my list. He reportedly built our house, (I have cursed him a few times regarding the size of nails he used when I was trying to rip something apart, but appreciated the quality of that construction at the same time). He had his Mr. Fixit shop at the South end of High St. It was before my time, but I have done some research and I could get some info together.


    • Super Bob. Didn’t know this history of High Street. But we need a photo. This is a photo book primarily, so it would be great if you might get hold of one with a little vignette about him… Thanks!


  5. Posted by Molly on February 18, 2013 at 13:00

    And, do not forget to add Tom Hazard and his family. I met Tom the second day

    I moved here and introduced to him by Phil Camp. Tom will be remembered by
    anyone who has lived here for any decent period of time and those who were
    born and raised here.


  6. Posted by Joseph Finelli Jr. on March 8, 2013 at 07:08

    My Great grandmother Marion Halsted and her daughter (my grandmother)Frances Thomsen moved to 12 Cross St in the early 60’s. I belive this was the home of Forest Richmond built in 1909, the Ford dealer in WoodstockThey lived on kedron Brook across from the Woodstock Inn Barn for almost 50 years. I have a few memories but my grandmother who is 97 and quite sharp remembers the Inn Barn and I think something about a fire at the Inn Barn and the Inn as well as the auction (as she purchased and still has one of the rocking chairs) prior to the demolition of the old Inn. Perhaps the driver of the Stanley Steamer that use to drive around town and gave rides out of the Inn would be a good sorce if he is still around. I would have to ask my grandmother what she remembers. I also wonder if there are any Ice sculpters that carved displays for the tables if they have any stories. Neat to see the image of Vilas I remember him. Other interesting fact if it helps I remember Alice and Marie sisters that lived on gulf street near Deer Spring Alice was married to Dante Bianche and they had a fruit stand or something like that. Feel free to contact me if we can help. Thanks I will ask Frances what she remembers tomorrow.


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