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Strafford, Vermont

Strafford is a town in Orange County, of the "Eastern Vermont Gateway" region. The town was named after Benning Wentworth's cousin, William Wentworth, the Earl of Strafford, who served as an aide to the King and Member of Parliament.

Strafford was one of thirteen Vermont towns isolated by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Some notable people from the area include: Edmund "Tad" Coffin, a saddle maker & Olympic equestrian; William Sloane Coffin, a clergyman & activist; and Justin Smith Morrill, a congressman & senator.

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 8: Eastern Vermont Gateway | Chelsea | Vershire | West Fairlee | Thetford | Norwich | Sharon | Royalton | Tunbridge


Vermont Events in September

Tours of Historic Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford, VT 8/1/15 - 10/12/15
Tours of Historic Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford, Vermont. Guided tours of Gothic Revival historic house, formal gardens, interpretive exhibits and walking trail. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday (& holiday Mondays), May 23 through October 12. 214 Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, VT 05072. Admission: Adults - $6.00 (under 14 free)

Advanced Watercolor Painting Workshop with Jennifer Brown (Adult) 9/3/15 - 9/24/15
Advanced Watercolor Painting Workshop with Jennifer Brown (Adult) Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24, 5:30-7:30pm Justin Morrill State Historic Site Morrill Education Center, Gardens & Grounds 214 Morrill Memorial Highway Strafford, Vermont 05072 Hone your watercolor technique while painting the landscape of the Morrill Homestead and its environs. Participants become immersed in the art of watercolor while surrounded by the palette of autumn. Bring your painting materials (materials list provided upon registration) and creative energies! Instructor Jennifer Brown is a longstanding illustrator for Stave Puzzles, teaches art at The Sharon Academy and is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. She studied watercolor painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Art New England—Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bennington College and AVA. She exhibits with Long River Studios and Strafford Arts. Fee: $65 Online description: Please preregister: • Online: • Phone: 802-765-4288 • Email:

Fiddleheads, Lamb’s Quarters, Nettles and Nuts: Wild Edible, Medicinal, and Poisonous Plants 9/13/15 - 9/13/15
Can someone really become immune to poison ivy after drinking milk produced by a goat that has eaten that plant? What did young Quaker women use for rouge when their parents forbade them from wearing makeup? Which has more vitamin C-a glass of orange juice or a glass of pine needle tea? On this walk we’ll share Colonial and Native American folklore and information to learn about the myths and realities concerning the use of wild edible, medicinal and poisonous plants. We’ll taste some of these delectable treats in the field and sample a mystery wild treat. Presenter Michael Caduto—well-known as co-author of the Keepers of the Earth series—has written and taught extensively on herbalism and has studied the uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of the Northeast. His other books include Native American Gardening and Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life. A 1.5-hour walk, including stories and sampling plants in the field as well as prepared wild edibles. This event sponsored by E.C. Browns’ Nursery. Event online description: Please preregister: • Online: • By Phone: 802-765-4288 • By Email:

Taylor Valley Moonshiner Tour and Presentation 9/17/15 - 9/17/15
Meet at the South Strafford Park and Ride (across from Café) Strafford, VT 05072 The recent boom in Vermont cider production is not something new to the residents of this state. Archaeologist Brennan Gauthier will talk about recent research on a group of notorious 1880s cider moonshiners in Orange County. This tour will concentrate on interpreting the historic landscape of Taylor Valley, with a focus on identifying the locations of long-forgotten moonshine stills. Put on your hiking boots, and grab your historic maps for an interactive history walk in the Taylor Valley forest.

19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival 9/27/15 - 9/27/15
Come celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! Bring the whole family to a harvest festival at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site that features gardens, exhibits, an icehouse, ice pond and a historic home decorated with gingerbread designs. Make your own cider in an antique press, taste a variety of heirloom apples, fine Vermont Cheeses, hand-cranked ice cream and homemade apple pie. Play period games, hike the lookout trail and play Valley Quest. Features face-painting, live music and an apple pie contest with prizes of gift certificates to popular local businesses. Pies must be room temperature and brought to the Morrill Homestead for judging by 10:30am on Sunday, September 27th, 2015. For further information about how to enter the contest, please email Donna Hollinger at: Rain or shine. This event sponsored by Lake Sunapee Bank; Flint, Blake, Boles Roofing; Plymouth Artisan Cheese and Billings Farm Cheddar Cheese. Tickets can be purchased online, but preregistration is not required. You can pay at the gate when you arrive (9/27) To purchase tickets online: For more information: Online: Phone: 802-765-4288 Email:

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