Anyone have a “History of Our Lady of Lourdes” book to lend us so we may scan it and share it? Please contact us @8028235536 Thank You. PHS
To capture and preserve Pownal’s History and to share it with others.
Anyone have a “History of Our Lady of Lourdes” book to lend us so we may scan it and share it? Please contact us @8028235536 Thank You. PHS
Congratulations Pownal Residents! It’s Official.
The Historic 1812 one room school house #8 is now owned by the Town of Pownal and will be used as the Select Board room in the new Town Hall. The Pownal History Center will be in the walkout basement below the School room. The Pownal Historical Society wants to thank all of you for making this happen. You’ve proven that working together as a community we can accomplish anything. Also, a big Thank You to our new Select Board for working with us and supporting us for the past year. The below photos shows Bryan Harris, Select Board Chair and Ken Held, Pownal Historical Society President signing the paperwork along with Fred Miller, Pownal Resident who witnessed the signing and Linda Sciarappa, Administrative Assistant who notarized the deed.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
Thank you to everyone who came out to vote yesterday. Each one of us live in a country where we have the right to vote and to voice our opinions. We are very blessed to live in the United States. We are also blessed to live in beautiful historic Pownal.
New Town Hall passed 326 to 164.
The Pownal Historical Society is thrilled by the support for the new Town Hall and History Center. We thank everyone who voted. The residents of Pownal should be proud. They set an example to other communities that by working together any goal is possible.
Now the work begins and we look forward to working together with our neighbors to see the New Town Hall and History Center become a reality. Our motto all along has been “we can do this Pownal together we can do this”. Pownal you proved us right.
Please don’t rely on your neighbor’s vote. Come out and show your support tomorrow!
The following is a poem about School # 8 by Carolyn Adams
Pownal Center School, by Carolyn Adams
For centuries the scholars came to Pownal Center School
Reading,writing 'rithmatic and learn the golden rule
Generations of our town received their good start here
Every child would walk from home, whether far or near
Eight grades and sometimes thirty children in one tiny room
One teacher with eight lesson plans and many lives to groom
First task was to make the fire to get the schoolroom warm
Then to ring the bell to raise each pupil from each farm
Morgan, Towslee, Jepson, Kimball, Burrington and Myers
Barber, Babcock, Carpenter, Bannister and Niles
Gardner, Armstong, Amadon, Sweet and Mattison
Lillie, Mason, Lampman, Thompson, Card and Patterson
Pledge allegiance to the flag, and sing before the lesson
Sometimes the music class would be a visiting musician
In early years the term was short as teacher was a farmer
spring planting and chores at home would make attendance harder
In grandpa's time the sixth for most would be the highest grade
For Pownal was then all family farms with jobs already made
At twelve your working life began, so teachers had to try to teach the basics to all those who would not get to High
But some went on to higher ed, and I heard them to say their Pownal Center education helped them in every way to reach their goals in college and there they came to see their one room school compared well to the best academy
The first photo is the inside of School House #8. Notice the tin ceilings and the hardwood floors. This will become the Select Board/Meeting Room in the proposed New Town Hall. The room will be insulate from the outside so as to not to disturb the historic integrity of the room. It will be a step back in time for everyone who walks into this 207 year old piece of history. The school has been well maintained over the years and is ready to continue to serve Pownal and its residents.
The second photo is what the new Town Hall will look like. Note the school house with its signature large windows on the right. We hope to be able to install a school bell on top of the school. Also, please note the building has no steps for entry.
We are already thinking of fund raising ideas we as residents can do to help buy down the principal, thus saving on interest, resulting in paying the Bond off earlier and saving taxpayers money. This is something we can do Pownal. As neighbors working together we can do this.
Please check out the following link to the New Town Hall Presentation presented by Bob Jarvis at the Informational Meeting on Tuesday night. https://townofpownal.org/news-and-announcements.php?id=100 if you have a problem with the link, please go to the Town’s website. TownofPownal.org and click on the Power Point Presentation link under News.
You also still have a chance to hear it in person by coming to the Informational Meeting, tonight, October 17th at 6PM at the Pownal Elementary School. Come learn how your $25.19 per year per taxable parcel will help get Pownal a much needed Healthy, Spacious, New Town Hall and History Center. We can do this Pownal, Together we can do this.
Count the money. This is what having a New, Healthy, Spacious Town Hall with a History Center will cost you Per Year per taxable parcel for the next 20 years, (based on recent Bond Interest rate.)
$25.19 per year.
Next Informational Meeting is tomorrow night, (Thursday, October 17th) from 6 to 8 PM at the Pownal Elementary School.
Please vote on October 29th at the Pownal Center Fire Station 7AM to 7 PM
Isn't this a beautiful painting? Artists traveled from far and wide to capture Pownal's Beauty. They will come again with your help.
The following is part of something I read on behalf of the Pownal Historical Society at a Select Board Meeting in September. Wanted to let every one know we still feel the same way. We are very excited about, (if passed at the October 29th Special Town Meeting/Please Vote), what the Pownal History Center can do for our Town.
“ We are excited about donating Historic School #8 to the Town of Pownal to be used as the Select Board/Meeting/ Room in the New Town Hall.
We are equally excited about having a Pownal History Center in the basement of the School. We look forward to our new home and the opportunity to expand our Pownal History and Genealogy Collections, along with being able to offer Historic Presentations, Events and Genealogy classes and workshops. This will help bring visitors to Pownal and put us on the map. We strongly feel once people come to our History Center we will be able to not only help them with their Research but we can introduce them to Pownal by offering a self guided scenic map so they may see the beautiful side of Pownal resulting in a need for places to stay, eat and shop here in town. This is all very exciting.”
PLEASE NOTE- I mentioned a self guided “map” to help visitors see the beautiful side of Pownal. We are reaching out for input on Scenic Spots, Hiking Trails and Historic Places. Please supply us with as much information as possible, (such as exact location, driving directions, why you think it should be on the map, etc). We need your help in making the map an introduction to “Historic Pownal”.
Please send to [email protected]
Thank you from the Pownal Historical Society
New Town Hall Public Forums will be held Tuesday, October 15th and Thursday, October 17th from 6 to 8 PM at the Pownal Elementary School. Voting on the Authorization for Construction will take place Tuesday, October 29th from 7 AM to 7 PM at the Pownal Center Fire Station. Please come out and vote. If you need an Absentee Ballot, please call (802)823-0116 Ext. 101 or email [email protected]
Town Hall Public Forums
Tuesday & Thursday
October 15th & 17th 6 to 8PM
Pownal Elementary School
Important Notice- The informational meetings are being rescheduled and the Select Board will be announcing the dates soon. Both will be held in October. The vote will be October 29th.
Oh the fun, the stories, the memories, the photos and the rekindled friendships that were shared this past Sunday at School #8. The Class Reunion/Open House was enjoyed by all. I am sure the School thought Class was back in session when its’ walls vibrated with the sounds of many students all talking at once, giggling and laughing. This time they weren't little children but students up to the age of 97! Such enthusiasm, such love for their one room school house and such memories of their days at School House #8. Memories such as baseball was their favorite recess activity and how one student learned how to fight in the basement and then became best friends with his opponent. Memories of the war, (three former students were volunteers who were trained to identify and report Japanese War Planes if they appeared over Pownal). Memories of the outhouse, how running water came to be at the School and the impact the teachers of yesteryear had on their students. The teacher knew some of her students were not going to be able to go to High School so she taught her students the basics. After listening to them sit there and speak so eloquently it made me realize they not only had a good educational foundation but they were taught respect, love of country and their neighbors. I so wished everyone reading this could have been there and to have experienced listening to the former students. What a treat it was. A very big Thank You from our hearts to all who shared their afternoon and stories with us. I know if School #8 could talk, she would say Thank You too for letting her feel your love!!
If you never had the pleasure of seeing the inside of the Pownal Center one room Schoolhouse #8, please come to the Class Reunion/Open House on August 25th from 1 to 3. You will be pleased to see how wonderful the room is. Here is a photo showing the tin ceiling and the beautiful hardwood floors. Come help us celebrate this 206 year old Town Treasure, still standing tall and proud. Please remember to Vote for the New Town Hall.
When doing your Family Tree please don't forget the family stories.
Names, Dates, and family lines are very important to those researching their family tree, but I also find family stories are wonderful. It adds so much to the story of our ancestors. Learning that a Great Uncle was a photographer or a Great Grandmother was a Supervisor in a cotton mill (a very rare occurrence back in the day) makes our history have more meaning and brings our Story to life. History in school was very boring to me for it was mostly memorizing names and dates. It wasn't until I started putting stories to this information did it all come together for me. Knowing Great Uncle Fred was born in 1895 and died in 1980 was fine but learning about what he did in those 85 years is also very important. Family Stories told over and over again adds the personal touch to our family history. Don't forget to share stories you have and ask family members about stories they may have heard. Write them down and include them in your tree. Not only will you have a better understanding of where you came from but future generations will also have answers to their questions such as why am I drawn to farming, why do I love music, photography, math, red headed ladies, etc. Have fun with it and share them all. I have one in my tree that I loved hearing over and over it was about an ancestor who always had his gun by his bed. One night (after partaking a few drinks), he woke up to see something moving at the bottom of the bed, thinking it was a rat, he shot it. Lost his big toe!!
Genealogy is a great, fun hobby.
We look forward to having the Pownal History Center to be able to continue our efforts to collect, share and explore Pownal History and Family Histories.
Don't forget to vote yes for our New Town Hall.
Hey Everyone, Get out your paper & pencil, write a short Poem on our Historic Schoolhouse #8 & email it to us at [email protected] All poems will go into the Time Capsule for the Pownal History Center. One will be chosen to be framed for the Meeting Room (aka School #8) Poems will be read at the August 25 Class Reunion/ Open House (1pm to 3).All Poems need to be in by August 22. There might even be a prize!
Class Reunion/Open House at School #8
2758 North Pownal Road Pownal Center, VT
Sunday, August 25, 2019 1PM to 3PM
Presented by the Pownal Historical Society
All are Welcome
Stop by, stay as long as you like and help us celebrate this
Historic One Room Schoolhouse.
Meet and Mingle with former Students, hear their Memories and join in the fun! Family names such as Campbell, Lampman, Mattison, Myers, Niles, Towslee, Church, Montgomery, Sweet, and so many more attended School #8 from the 1800’s to the 1960’s.
If only the walls could talk!
Bring your stories, photos and curiosity. There is so much to enjoy and to learn about our little one room schoolhouse.
There will be handicap parking behind the school. Others, we ask to park by the Cemetery and follow the signs to walk to the school on the historic road the students walked. Stop and listen as you walk, you might hear echoes of laughter from children out for recess.
Refreshments will be served. For more information call (802) -823-5536
Calling all the Alumni of School House #8. HOW ABOUT A REUNION??
There seems to be so many out there who attended the one room school house on North Pownal Road in Pownal Center. Wouldn't it be nice to get together for a Class Reunion?
As you all know, the Pownal Historical Society saved the School by taking ownership before the July 1st merger. If we didn't take ownership its fate was unknown but more than likely it would be abandoned and left to deteriorate or be taken down like so many of our Town landmarks have succumbed to. Our goal was to permanently preserve the building for generations to come. Our Board had the foresight to see how we could not only preserve the School but to be able to make it the focal point of the much needed new Town Hall campus to be used as the Select Board/Meeting Room and to save on construction cost of the new Town Hall, (to recreate this building today would cost nearly $100,000). We are prepared to give back this piece of history by donating the now “Pownal Historical Society Historic School House” to the Town for this purpose if the Bond vote passes in September. The Historical Society will use the basement of the School House as a Pownal History Center further pulling together Pownal’s past, present and future under one roof.
Before this wonderful event happens and the School gets moved to its new home and Pownal gets a new Town Hall and a new History Center, let's have a Reunion at the school. Of course anyone interested in meeting the Alumni and hearing their stories about School # 8 are also welcome to attend. The more the merrier!
We need to do it in August. Here are the questions
Would you be interested in attending?
What day is best A Saturday or Sunday?I am looking at either August 24th or August 25th
Do you have School #8 photos, stories or memorabilia that you would be willing to share?
Do you know other Past students or Interested parties who might like to attend?
Please let me know. What a fun time it will be!
PS- This beautiful colorized photo of School House #8 is provided by Doug Wilcox Sr.
“Genealogy is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members” according to Wikipedia.
Although I agree with the above definition, I would add it brings ones ancestors into focus, allowing us to see who they were, where they lived, what their lives were like and how that shaped who we are today. Although we are each special individuals, who decide our own path, those before us did some mapping for us. When you get into family research you will be surprised at some of your discoveries.
I just spent a few days with a 3rd cousin I met through researching my family tree. The immediate feeling of kinship was obvious between the two of us. We immediately starting talking about family, sharing jokes, personal stories, tears and lots of smiles. I felt so comfortable with my newly discovered cousin. There was an instant bond between the two of us especially when I discovered he also is left handed. This was not the first time I experienced this new kinship feeling. I have found and met other cousins who are now like sisters to me. It confirmed my belief that Family ties are strong ties. Some of us may not want to know about our ancestors but many do.Genealogy is the second most popular hobby. (#1-gardening)
This is why Genealogy will be a large part of the Pownal Historical Society's History Center. Over the years, we have helped hundreds of people to research their family history. Pownal truly was the “Gateway” for families coming from RI, MA, and CT, to Vermont. Some families stayed here, some families moved on but each one left their footprints.
The Pownal History Center, as a part of the New Pownal Town Hall Complex will give us the room to capture, protect and share Pownal’s history by allowing us the opportunity and space to offer classes, seminars, presentations and workshops.
Every year Pownal has visitors who come to visit where their ancestors lived and to do what I call “walk their walk’. If you have never visited an old homestead of an ancestor and walked where they walked you are missing a very deep, emotional connection. The Pownal History Center will attract more visitors for they will now have a place to go to learn more about Pownal and their heritage. I see this leading into a need for more B&B’s and at least a one eatery. We will be able to encourage people to have their Pownal Family Reunions in the Park resulting in a need for catering, tent rental, etc. Looking forward to helping others and sharing Pownal’s History in our new home.
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