Dorset Vermont Historical Society Bley House Museum
Current Exhibits

On Display Until Early 2017


Heavy Metal: Blacksmiths and Foundries of Dorset

Foundries and blacksmith shops once dotted the landscape, and were a necessary part of everyday life. Some blacksmiths plied their trade for decades, while others were not so successful. Some blacksmiths had their own shops, and some worked repairing equipment in Dorset’s marble mills and quarries. This exhibit explores the three foundries and dozens of blacksmiths who made Dorset their home over the years.
Main Gallery

Images of Prentiss Pond

The small pond on Church Street has an interesting history, documented here in photographs and paintings by local artists.
Conference Room

The Dorset Trail

This exhibit explores the hiking trail’s creation, development, decline, and
recent rediscovery.
Upstairs Hallway

Jessica Bond (1908 – 2001): Reverse Painting on Glass

The Dorset Historical Society is blessed with a large collection of Jessica Bond’s work.  This exhibit includes her stencils, theorems, toleware and her examples of reverse painting on glass. Some of these pieces are exhibited for the first time. Also included in this exhibit are samples of her theorems and toleware.
Venetian Red Room

Huntington Pratt Gilbert (1876 – 1962): Photographer

Hunt Gilbert was an egg farmer who lived on the West Road and took out his camera a few days every year and photographed everyday activities in Dorset. Some images he sold as postcards. The Dorset Historical Society owns several hundred of Gilbert’s negatives, donated in 1995 by Anne Gilbert Graham and each year we digitize and print 50 more and exhibit twenty.  Some of these images have not been seen by the public in the hundred years since they were first taken. This exhibit can be seen as the work of a skillful artist, or as an historical time capsule, or both.




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 · 802-867-0331

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