Last updated: 7/8/2013
Grand Isle Historical Society
Grand Isle, Vermont
Street Address
US Route 2
Grand Isle, VT 05458
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 23
Grand Isle, VT 05458
phone: 802-372-8830
Hours
Memorial Day to Columbus Day
Sunday, Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
Adults: $2
Services
Group Tours
Staff
Sharon Croteau, Treasurer
Pat Dix, Curator
Charlene Southwick, Docent
Description

New England's last remaining original log cabin, circa 1784, and also on same property a one room clapboard covered log Schoolhouse, built in 1814. Open 11 a.m. to 5p.m. on weekends from Memorial Day until Columbus Day.

One of the oldest log cabins in the United States

This one-and-a half story structure was built by Jedediah Hyde, Jr. circa 1783. Made of 14- to 18-inch diameter cedar logs, the cabin consists of one 20' x 25' room, with a massive fireplace at one end and an overhead loft.

In 1945, the Vermont Historical Society acquired the cabin, moved it about two miles to its present location, and stabilized it for further restoration. In 1952, the cabin was turned over to the Vermont Historic Sites Commission and the stabilization was completed by the Department of Forests and Parks. An agreement with the newly formed Grand Isle County Historical Society allowed that organization to furnish the cabin and use it as a meeting place, museum, and local information center. In 1985 further restoration of the cabin was undertaken by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the successor to the Historic Sites Commission. This work included the reconstruction of the original roof proportions which returned the cabin to its original, documented appearance.

The Cabin and Schoolhouse are now owned by the Town of Grand Isle.

Mission

Preserve historic structures in Grand Isle, and present historic information, events, and lectures to the public.

History

Established as a non-profit in 2000.

Artifact Collections

Arranged in a home-like setting.

  • Furniture
  • books
  • art
  • tools
  • clothing
  • cookware
  • kitchen ware
  • utensils
  • personal objects
  • Research Collections

    None

    Educational Programs

    Random workshops for students to experience a class as it would have been in the 1800's. Lectures and costumed presentations on subjects relevant to Vermont history three times per season.

    Facilities

    Performance Areas

    Governance

    Owned by the Town of Grand Isle, cared for by the Grand Isle Historical Society.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: No

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Services

    A Docent is present during open hours.

    Group Tours

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