Happy Birthday Cavendish: Community leaders pose with Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz: Pictured are James Ballantine, Jr., Arthur Briggs, William Buswell, Dan Churchill, Jane Pixley, Sandra Stearns, Richard Svec, Rolf vanSchaik, Carol Walasewicz and Mabel Ward. The town celebrated its 250th anniversary last weekend.
Cavendish is celebrating its 250th Anniversary (Semiquincentennial) this year. Chartered on Oct. 12, 1761 by New Hampshire's Benning Wentworth, the first Royal Governor of New Hampshire (1741-1766), the Charter was signed by King George III.
Last week was Charter Weekend which included a town dance featuring the music of local musicians Bob Naess and his band Yankee Chank. Mark Huntley and his band alos performed.
A parade, speeches and a reception were held. The parade route went from Cavendish to Proctorsville with a reception at the Elementary School after the parade.
Open houses took place Sunday at the Cavendish and Proctorsville churches.
Suzanne Beyer and John Pfarr, authors of the new Cavendish-related book “The Inventor’s Fortune Up for Grabs”, spoke downtown after the parade.
Other activities taking place this year include the Cavendish Quilt Project, an anniversary quilt is being made to mark this special event. It will be on display at Old Home and anyone can sign the back of it. After this year, it will be stored at the Museum and will be our fiber "time capsule" for future generations.
Cavendish Semiquincentennial Book: Includes a Cavendish historic timeline, a copy of the town charter, pictures, business directory, the Vermonter magazine edition about Cavendish’s 150th Anniversary celebration.