On August 9, 2018

Castleton offers free tours of historical buildings

Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.—Castleton Historical Society offers a the opportunity to visit historic buildings on Main Street in Castleton on the following Saturday mornings: Aug. 11, 18, and 25 and Sept. 1. The venerable Buel block at 556 Main St., next to the Castleton post office, was built 200 years ago as three brick commercial buildings joined together. A historical society volunteer will show visitors the interior on a summer Saturday between 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Holly Hitchcock, the president of Castleton Historical Society, suggests also taking a free tour of the society’s Higley house (built 1810-1811), located at 407 Main St. The Higley building is Castleton’s historic house museum, open Saturdays through Labor Day weekend between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

According to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, “Castleton village, a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places, contains a wealth of architecturally distinguished buildings, particularly from the early 1800s, when it was an important regional trading center. Many of its federal style houses were designed and built by Thomas Dake, and are richly detailed with elaborate doorways and windows and delicately carved ornament.”

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