Baptist Church / Meeting House, Colchester

This building on Main Street was originally built in 1861 and served as a Baptist Church for many years. It was purchased by the Town of Colchester in 1988 and converted to a Meeting House in 1999. After renovations that began in 2015, the Burnham Memorial Library acquired stewardship of the Meeting House and uses the building for expanded programs and community meetings.

COLCHESTER — How much do you know about the history of Colchester?

Test your knowledge or learn something new by participating in a self-guided driving tour of over 40 of Colchester’s historic landmarks.

Knowing the COVID-19 pandemic has made community members eager for safe, socially-distant activities that are fun for the whole family, the Colchester Historical Society recently launched the free tour on its website.

“People can on their own or with their kids or with their family," Suzanne Furst, Colchester Historical Society programs director told the Sun in March. "Drive around Colchester because there are lots of things that people don't know much about as far as historical interest and so forth."

Here’s how to participate:

1.  Start your historic trip by visiting the Colchester Historical Society’s website.

Go here to find tour details and historical information about each landmark.

The Historical Society says this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the origins of Colchester Pond, the professional baseball career of one local resident, the Vermont National Guard Museum, Niquette Bay State Park, Burnham Memorial Library and many more sites of historical interest.

2.  Choose your route.

The tour is divided into four general geographical areas: Colchester Village, Malletts Bay, Airport Park and Fort Ethan Allen. In addition, another section covers six local cemeteries.

Select your own route depending on your interests and time schedule. The Historical Society says there's no waiting, no fees and no rush.

The Colchester Historical Society recommends you begin your tour at the Bicentennial sign located between Burnham Memorial Library and the Meeting House, and go from there.

3.  Send your photos to the Sun!

Take some photos on you trip and send them to the Sun at news@colchestersun.com to be featured in a gallery on our website. We want to see you taking in the sights — send us your selfies and your favorite historical details!

Written By

Staff Writer

Bridget Higdon is a Staff Writer. She was previously the editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, UVM's independent newspaper. She’s been published in Seven Days, Editor & Publisher and Vermont Vacation Guide. She likes to cook and explore Vermont by bike.

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