Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission was formed in February, 1993.  It's charge is to:
  • create and maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties within Hartford;
  • review nominations of properties that are under construction for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • seek and prepare applications for funding for preservation activities;
  • Advise and assist individuals, Boards, and Commissions on matters relating to the preservation of historic resources; and
  • perform additional responsibilities as required

MEMBERS:

Jonathan Schechtman, Chair Patricia Stark, Vice Chair
Robin Adair Logan Susanne Walker Abetti
Roy Black Alicia Barrow, Selectboard Liaison

If you wish to correspond with Members by mail please address to 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction, VT 05001

​To leave a message please call 802-295-3075.

Demolition Standards for Historic Buildings Request for Proposals
**The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, December 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.**
For a copy of the RFP (https://www.hartford-vt.org/DocumentCenter/View/4742/Demolition-Standards-RFP-Nov-2020)
If you have questions about the RFP, please contact Town Planner Matt Osborn at mosborn@hartford-vt.org or call 802-295-3075.



Certified Local Government

The Town of Hartford is one of sixteen Certified Local Governments (CLG) designated by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation. As a CLG, Hartford is eligible for assistance and funding through the Division.  

The following is a list of CLG grants that Hartford has received since 2010.

  • 2010 Terraces Historic District Nomination
  • 2011 Agricultural Oral History Project
  • 2012 Historic Structures & Sites Survey - Phase I
  • 2013 Business Oral History Project
  • 2014 Historic Structures & Sites Survey - Phase II
  • 2015 Advent Christian Camp Historic District Nomination
  • 2016 Update & Expansion of the White River Junction Historic        District
  • 2017 Historic Preservation Education & Outreach Project
  • 2018 Cemetary Research & Oral History Project
  • 2019 Taft's Flat Intensive Level Survey
  • 2020 Demolition Ordinance

COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP, MEETINGS, AGENDAS AND MINUTES

The Historic Preservation Commission consists of five members, each of whom serves a three-year term.  Commissioners are chosen for their interest, knowledge, or professional skills in the areas of history, architecture, archeology, historic preservation.  American studies, architectural history, anthropology, planning, or related subjects.

Meetings are normally scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM (See Meeting Schedule)

Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found in the Agenda Center

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION HISTORIC DISTRICT UPDATE ​​​​​​

The Town of Hartford received a Certified Local Government grant from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation to prepare an update to the White River Junction Historic District. Brian Knight was hired by the Town to undertake the project. Currently, Hartford has nine historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.​
​​​Click here to see the White River Junction Historic District National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.
​Click here to see the Advent Camp Meeting Grounds Historic District National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.

EXPLORE THE HISTORIC SITES AND STRUCTURES 

This Historic Sites and Structures Survey (HSSS) was undertaken by the Town of Hartford and its Historic Preservation Commission as a Phase II following an earlier Phase I survey.

Phase I of the HSSS was completed in 2013 and included surveys of structures constructed between the late 1700s into the 1920s.

Phase II has picked up where Phase I left off surveyed structures constructed between the 1920s and 1960s.

HISTORIC DISTRICT NOMINATIONS (WHITE RIVER JUNCTION AND ADVENT CAMP

Click here to see the White River Junction Historic District National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.

Click here to see the Advent Camp Meeting Grounds Historic District National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.

HISTORIC DISTRICT BROCHURES

Christian Street

Hartford Village

Jericho

Quechee

West Hartford

Wilder Village

White River Junction

HILLSIDE DAIRY FARMING IN HARTFORD

The focus of the Agricultural History Project was to capture the life of the farming communities that has spanned fenerations and been a critical chapter Vermont's history.

In a town where two active dairy farms remain of the once dozens and dozens, and many barns have long since been removed, documenting these foundations of the Town's history is vitally important. 

Enjoy the Hartford Agricultural Oral History Project 2012 Report (read)

Below you will find the individual interviews for each interviewee participating in the report.  If you wish to review, simply click on the name of interest.

WRITTEN TRANSCRIPTS

Nellie Bagley & Pat Bagley

David Brown - Transcript 1 and Transcript 2

Barbara (Luce) Bagley & Scott Luce

Gary Clay

Fred Davis & Betty Davis

John Eastman, David Eastman, Harold Eastman, Cindy Morris

Pat Goodrick & Wanda Welch

Carol Luce Hardy

Harris Lyman & Mary Lyman

George Miller & Linda Miller

Marty Lyman

Larry Potwin

Doug Punt

Mary Rogers

Peter Schaal

Chuck Wooster

Harold Wright