Events

RHS Celebrates Rutland Tricentennial

February 2022 – October 2022

Explore The Lost Villages of West Rutland & Whitehall

The Rutland Historical Society invites you to two historic events exploring the lost villages of West Rutland & Whitehall this summer. The first, a 1.25 mile driving plus walking tour of the area with carpooling from site to site will include stops at several major historic sites. The second, a more comprehensive tour of the area, is a 5 ½ mile hike with stops at more locations in the area. Please join us at either or both events.

Historic Event #1
Saturday, August 6th at 10 AM
Rain Date August 13th

This driving and/or walking tour includes attractions, remnants, and ruins of Rutland long ago. The terrain of the full tour includes the gravel rail trail, a stroll through a cemetery and an optional 1/4 mile+ in the woods on uneven ground. We strongly encourage a safe pair of closed toe shoes or boots, bug spray and just a little imagination, to bring stories of the past alive. We will meet at 10 AM in the picnic grove at the corner of RT 122 & 122A.

Topics Discussed, Locations Visited and/or Viewed

• Whitehall
• Old Saw Mill Site
• Woolen Mill Ruins
• West Rutland Train Station
• The Village of West Rutland
• Fahlstrom’s Grove
• West Rutland Cemetery

Historic Event #2
Saturday August 20th at 10 AM
Rain Date August 21st

This 5 ½ mile hike includes the topics of the first event plus the Revolutionary War Barracks, a deeper exploration of the old mill site, and “topics along the way”. We will meet at 10 AM at the Wachusett Rail Trail parking lot on RT 122 (Barre Paxton Road), just west of Long Pond, on the right after the intersection of Fisherman’s Row. Again, we strongly encourage a safe pair of closed toe shoes or boots, bug spray and just a little imagination, to bring stories of the past alive.

Topics Discussed, Locations Visited and/or Viewed

• The Village of West Rutland
• Whitehall
• Camp Aldrich (Worcester Academy)
• Old Sawmill Site at Whitehall
• Woolen Mill Ruins
• Charter’s Grove at Hippy Pond
• Revolutionary War Barracks
• West Rutland Cemetery
• West Rutland Train Station

Both events will be led by our tour guide, Bob Locke, who is knowledgeable on the topics, grew up in Rutland and has family ties to the area going back to the Revolutionary War. The Historical Society hopes to see you there!

 

Ghost Walk at the Old Burial Ground”
October 2022
TBA

The Historical Society is pleased to provide events and activities for all ages.
Check back often for more events and details!

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