Welcome to Historic Dorset, Vermont
Welcome to Bley House Museum
The Dorset Historical Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1963. The Society's purposes are: to discover and collect materials that will help establish or illustrate the history of Dorset, Vermont; to provide for the preservation of relevant collections; to exhibit archival materials and disseminate historical information; and to educate members of the Society and the public. Toward these ends, DHS collects and maintains artifacts, art, photographs, documents, books, manuscripts, and genealogical records pertinent to Dorset and its environs from the time the town was chartered in 1761 to the present.
The Society's home is the Bley House Museum, located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road. Among the museum's featured exhibits are Fenton stoneware, paintings by Dorset artists, and in the Marble Gallery, a large display that showcases 130 years of quarrying, hauling, and finishing marble in Dorset and East Dorsetall part of the town's most historically significant industry. Two historic buildings using marble from Dorset quarries are the Old Customs House in Erie, Pennsylvaniathe first major building in the U.S. to use marble (1839)and the New York Public Library (1910).
Norcross-West Marble Quarry, earliest (1785) commercial marble quarry
Private Mailing Cards
In the United States, the Post Office maintained a monopoly on post cards until 1898. Then they allowed “Private Mailing Cards.” After 1901, the more popular term “Post Card” could be used.
Sometime in 1900 or 1901, these three private mailing cards of the Dorset Field Club were produced by the Troy Times. Several of the founding members of the Field Club were from Troy, so it’s not too surprising that they used their local newspaper to produce these cards.
There are three of these early post cards in our collection. There may have been more in this series. If you know of any, please let us know.
Postcards donated by Roger Lomson, 2000.035.02 – 04
Dorset Historical Society
Member of Vermont Historical Society and
The New England Museum Association
PO Box 52 ·
Route 30 at Kent Hill Road
Dorset, VT 05251 USA ·
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10-4 p.m.
Saturday, 10-2 p.m.
Other days and times by appointment
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