South Burlington Celebrates 150 Years!

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Thursday March 05, 2015

Today South Burlington is poised for growth with plans for a new City Center and many changes on the horizon. As the city embraces the 150th anniversary of its first town meeting, a glance back to the official handwritten records of 1865 reveal that there are some conversations that remain the same!

Tuesday March 3, 2015, city officials were elected and citizens voted on taxes, just as they did on March 7, 1865, at the Eldredge Schoolhouse. And 150 years ago a committee was established to see what alterations were needed for the school district. Today, a City/School Master Planning and Visioning Task Force is charged with examining the future needs of the district’s five schools.

Chittenden County Historical Society Explores South Burlington History

In commemoration of the first Town Meeting in So. Burlington, on March 7, 1865, the Chittenden County Historical Society will hold an informative program. The speaker, Gerry Fox, a Vermont railroad history expert, will explore a little-known topic in So. Burlington history, the building of the railroad branch of the Burlington and Lamoille Railroad across the eastern part of So. Burlington.

The event will take place at the So. Burlington City Offices at 575 Dorset St. on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. The public is invited to this free program. Refreshments will be served. Fox also intends to raise the possibility of establishing a So. Burlington historical organization.

If you are interested in So. Burlington’s heritage, this event is for you!

City Fest 150th Anniversary Celebration Planned for August

The South Burlington Rotary Club and the City of South Burlington are partnering to create a city celebration to honor the city’s history, businesses and organizations, schools, and most importantly the residents of South Burlington. Planned for August 15th the event which will run all day and into the evening, will be a blend of music and family focused activities with local foods and beverages and a fireworks finale.

The South Burlington Rotary Club is a 40 plus member organization with a longtime commitment of serving the community, the schools and residents through service projects and donations. the South Burlington Rotary Club has been involved with many projects, including:

• The Rotary Band Shell at Dorset Park
• Nightmare Vermont Sponsor
• South Burlington Library Bookmobile
• South Burlington Police Awards Dinner
• Recreation Path benches
• Rotary International Youth Exchange
• Rick Marcotte Central School Playground
• SBHS Interact Club
• Contributor to Veterans Memorial at Park
• Annual Golf Tournament (19 years)
• Free dictionaries to all 3rd Graders

For more information on how your business or organization can be involved email: or call John Buechler, 338-5220

Share Your Story!

You are part of South Burlington’s history. Share your memories of long ago, and not so long ago!

The Other Paper will be gathering stories from South Burlington’s rich past to share with readers. Photos, stories, and snippets from across the yearswill be featured in special sections of future issues celebrating the city’s 150th anniversary.

We invite you to share your stories of our community over the years. Did you grow up here? Have family members from different generations gone to the same school and church? Did you or a family member attend one of the district schools as it opened, or before additions and changes? Do you have photos of your neighborhood when it was new and as it grew? What is the history of your South Burlington place of worship? Did you attend Town Meeting? Where did you shop? Are you a business owner with memories of starting and growing your South Burlington business?

Join us as we take a nostalgic step back in time. Send your photos, stories and snippets, to, or to The Other Paper ,
1340 Williston Road,
South Burlington, VT 05403.

Are you a history buff? Volunteers are needed to help gather and document South
Burlington’s history.
Call 864-6670 for more details.