Vermont History Center

60 Washington St., Barre, VT

The Vermont History Center engages Vermonters and visitors in the exploration of the state’s rich heritage. Located in the historic Spaulding school building in Barre, the Vermont History Center houses the Vermont Historical Society’s archives and the Leahy research library. Built in 1892, this Romanesque style brick building served as a high school until 1965 and as a junior high school until 1988. The remarkable architecture alone is worth a visit.

The Vermont Historical Society is the only organization in Vermont that collects artifacts, books, and documents that reflect the entire history of the state. There are two small display galleries with creative and fascinating exhibits that change every few months, showcasing artifacts that represent the best, the worst, the weirdest, and sometimes the most wonderful stories of Vermont history.

Visit the Book Nook to shop some of the Vermont Historical Society’s published works, and the Leahy Library for individualized research and discovery.