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West Newbury 250th Events Include History Talk, Music

  • Raking hay at Carleton's Farm on Tucker Mountain Road, mid-1800s.<br/>Photograph courtesy of Newbury Historical Society

    Raking hay at Carleton's Farm on Tucker Mountain Road, mid-1800s.
    Photograph courtesy of Newbury Historical Society

  • Tom Haldane on the "Order Team" delivering items from Tyler's Store, circa 1920.<br/>Photograph courtesy of Newbury Historical Society

    Tom Haldane on the "Order Team" delivering items from Tyler's Store, circa 1920.
    Photograph courtesy of Newbury Historical Society

  • Raking hay at Carleton's Farm on Tucker Mountain Road, mid-1800s.<br/>Photograph courtesy of Newbury Historical Society
  • Tom Haldane on the "Order Team" delivering items from Tyler's Store, circa 1920.<br/>Photograph courtesy of Newbury Historical Society

West Newbury, Vt. — West Newbury, a village of Newbury, will hold a free day-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town’s founding next Sunday.

Events will include a history talk, garden walk and worship service.

Morning worship at West Newbury Congregational Church will open with bagpipes at 10:45 a.m.

The service, modeled on the 1930 re-dedication service honoring the church’s centennial, will include music from years past.

Chris and Dana Wilson will host the annual daffodil walk at 4 p.m. at their home on Urquhart Road. Visitors are welcome to roam the gardens, which contain hundreds of varieties of daffodils, and refreshments will be served.

A local fiddler and a guitarist will play at 6:45 p.m., followed by a talk by West Newbury resident Tom Kidder at 7 p.m. in the church.

In “Look to the Hills: History and Tales of West Newbury,” Kidder will use stories, readings and photographs to chronicle the village’s past.

The Jeremiah Ingalls Society will perform the early 19th century song Honor to the Hills, a shape-note classic composed by Newbury choir master Jeremiah Ingals.

The celebration will close with the singing of America the Beautiful and the Vermont state song, led by Judy Vaughan. Vaughan, the church’s organist, is a descendent of one of the earliest settlers in West Newbury.

Cake and refreshments will be served after the evening program. A memorial booklet containing articles and photographs about West Newbury from the Newbury Historical Society will be available for purchase.

— Staff report