Historical Resources

Colchester Family Genealogies
The Historical Society has genealogy information on many early Colchester families. These were gathered by a member of the society over the years in response to queries and range from a short note to several pages.  Contact the Historical Society for information or access to the file.
Book: Colchester Vermont From Ice-Cap to Interstate, Ruth Wright, 1963
The book captures a detailed history of Colchester from 1763 to 1963. The indexes below enable interested researchers to easily find whether a person or place is mentioned in the text. This book is available in the Burnham Library or is available for purchase from the society - see Historical Literature on the left menu. Contact the Historical Society for more information.
 Report:  Mill Pond Dam Removal
The historic Mill Pond Dam on Indian Brook in Colchester was constructed ca, 1800 to provide a power source for a lumber mill.  Over the years capability was added to mill grain and produce cider.  In May 1941 a fire destroyed the mill and several out buildings.  They were never rebuilt.  The dam fell into disrepair and finally in 2019 the Vermont Natural Resources Council at the invitation of the owner had the dam removed and the stream returned to its riverine condition. The final report of the dam removal includes a detailed history of the mill along with historical maps and photos.