Welcome to Historic Dorset, Vermont
Welcome to Bley House Museum
The Dorset Historical Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1963. The Society's purposes are: to discover and collect materials that will help establish or illustrate the history of Dorset, Vermont; to provide for the preservation of relevant collections; to exhibit archival materials and disseminate historical information; and to educate members of the Society and the public. Toward these ends, DHS collects and maintains artifacts, art, photographs, documents, books, manuscripts, and genealogical records pertinent to Dorset and its environs from the time the town was chartered in 1761 to the present.
The Society's home is the Bley House Museum, located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road. Among the museum's featured exhibits are Fenton stoneware, paintings by Dorset artists, and in the Marble Gallery, a large display that showcases 130 years of quarrying, hauling, and finishing marble in Dorset and East Dorsetall part of the town's most historically significant industry. Two historic buildings using marble from Dorset quarries are the Old Customs House in Erie, Pennsylvaniathe first major building in the U.S. to use marble (1839)and the New York Public Library (1910).
Norcross-West Marble Quarry, earliest (1785) commercial marble quarry
Postcards [Leather] From Dorset Part II
Donated by Terry Tyler 1996.003.02
Donated by S. Robert Allcorn 2013.046.3
Leather postcards enjoyed a brief popularity, which peaked from 1903 – 1908. These cards may have been mass-produced on basic templates somewhere, but we do not know those particulars. Only one of these postcards was ever sent, the “Mary” card, is addressed to Miss Ada Lilley of Dorset Vermont, with an April 5, 1907 Brattleboro Vermont postmark.
Donated by David & Linda Lambert 2007.157.00
Two of the postcards mention The Dorset Inn. While the venerable Dorset Inn has been around for more than two centuries, the name was new when these postcards were made. The Washington Hotel became The Dorset Inn in 1901.
Dorset Historical Society
Member of Vermont Historical Society and
The New England Museum Association
PO Box 52 ·
Route 30 at Kent Hill Road
Dorset, VT 05251 USA ·
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10-4 p.m.
Saturday, 10-2 p.m.
Other days and times by appointment
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