Newbury is a town in Orange County, of the "Eastern Vermont Gateway" region, and includes the villages of Newbury, Center Newbury, West Newbury, South Newbury, Boltonville, Peach Four Corners, and Wells River.
The area was a favorite of the Indians because the rivers teemed with salmon and the brooks with trout. Prior to European settlement, the Newbury area was the location of a village called Cowass or Cowassuck, of the Pennacook tribe.
Newbury was granted to General Jacob Bayley and 74 others in 1763. His friend, Moses Hazen, was granted a tract of land directly across the Connecticuit River and together they worked on many projects, including the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, which extends from Newbury, to Hazens Notch near the Canadian border. Construction took place between 1776 and 1779 during the American Revolutionary War, and portions of the road are still in use today.
Some notable people of the area include: Frank M. Bryan, a political scientist; Ernest N. Harmon, a major general; Jeremiah Ingalls, an early American folk composer; Henry Keyes, a politician & railroad president; Henry W. Keyes, a senator & governor of New Hampshire; William T. Porter, a journalist; and George W. Webber, a congressman.
As part of the Vermont Crafts Council Spring Open Studio Tour, Newbury Arts will showcase the work of eight Newbury artists. Look for the yellow signs directing the way to three exhibit venues on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, from 10-5. The Vestry, First Congregational Church, 4915 Main Street (Rt 5) in Newbury Village is where you will find whimsical, colorful landscape paintings and botanical prints by Judith Lerner; fine art photography including cyanotypes by Chris Esten, large format traditional black and white photographs by John Layton, and experimental digital techniques by Jane Booth; beautiful bowls and vases by woodturner Brad Vietje, and expressive woodcarvings by Karl Neubauer along with a selection of curated artworks from his Newbury Elementary School students. Linda Bryan will open the doors to her 5225 Main Street (Rt 5) Red House Studio and share the darkroom and digital secrets of her fine art photographs. Robert Chapla of Hidden Spring Studio and Gallery at 580 Fuller Road will host a group show of area artists along with an extensive showing of his colorful, beautifully executed American landscape paintings and ceramic sculptures.