When we think about visiting or exploring historical sites, we tend to think of the more famous names: the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, Niagara Falls, or Mount Rushmore. But we often forget that history is all around us, and many times, right in front of us.
Chester, VT, has a very rich history of its own and is sprinkled with different historical sites that tourists can take advantage of on a trip to the Fullerton Inn.
Chester was first established as Flamstead in 1754, and then changed its name to New Flamstead a few years later. It was technically in New Hampshire, before Vermont became its own colony, and later, a state. In 1766, the name was changed to Chester, for the Earl of Chester, the eldest son of King George III—the king who would later be the target of a certain revolution. And it was then made official that the 1761 charter was Chester’s original, and so, 2011 was the town’s 250th anniversary.
During the American Revolution, Chester was a stop along the route to the Battle of Bennington. In the Civil War, over 200 men from Chester enlisted in the Union Army. And in between, Chester was known for its high levels of education—it had one of the best private schools in the country, which was teaching algebra long before Harvard and Yale even accepted it. The town boasts a roster of esteemed figures in a number of fields.
There’s plenty to see in Chester that harkens back to its great past. We suggest making a stop at the recently opened Hearse Horse Museum, which has a number of photos from the turn of century in Chester, VT. Another wealth of knowledge is the Chester Historical Society, which strives to preserve the town’s antiques and artifacts.
If you’re looking to explore Chester, VT, and everything it offers, be sure to stay with us in the heart of town at the Fullerton Inn. We look forward to meeting you!