Dorset Vermont Historical Society Bley House Museum
Dorset Church
Dorset Church (circa 1910);
marble from Norcoss-West Quarry

Since its founding in 1963, the Dorset Historical Society has been collecting artifacts, books, ledgers, photographs, legal records, and manuscripts about local families such as Ames, Farwell, Jackson, Kent, Manly/Manley, Paddock, Sykes and Underhill.

Dorset Historical Society collections include Revolutionary and Civil War rosters of Dorset men; town census records (1790-1850); mid-19th century maps locating homes and businesses and cemetery records up to the 1970s.


The Reverend Parsons S. Pratt, D.D., was pastor of the Congregational Church of Dorset (now the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert) from 1856 to 1896, and pastor emeritus until his death in 1906. During those years he prepared genealogies for most members of the church. Although some families are covered in only a half-page, others have fifty-plus pages that trace lines back to the immigrant ancestor, along with obituaries, photographs, and other interesting information. The original handwritten Pratt papers now belong to the Dorset Historical Society, together with Dr. Pratt's Record of Marriages (1848-1885).

Reverend Parsons S. Pratt
Rev. Parsons S. Pratt


The Dorset Historical Society houses a large collection of materials which may be used for genealogical research. Visitors wishing to research family or local history are welcome during regular hours or by appointment.

While we promote a wide usage of the resources, we also have some limits. The first hour of responding to genealogical research requests will be provided gratis by staff or volunteers, although it is strongly recommended that the requester consider making a donation to the Dorset Historical Society. If further research is needed, the Dorset Historical Society will provide a list of professional genealogists whom the requester may hire.

The Dorset Historical Society is always interested in receiving histories, records and details about Dorset families and their descendants.

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 · 802-867-0331

— Open Hours —
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10-4 p.m.
Saturday, 10-2 p.m.

Other days and times by appointment

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