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The Woodstock Historical Society was founded during World War II and incorporated in 1943. The founders acquired this Federal house to serve as the organization’s main building. Over many years, we have expanded to accommodate a library, gallery, museum, archive, and educational spaces. We continue to preserve the history of the Woodstock area, engage in local, place-based education, and serve as a center for historical research. The organization formally changed its name to the Woodstock History Center in 2017. Our mission is: Sharing and preserving the history of Woodstock through inspiring educational experiences and dynamic collections.

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The Woodstock History Center consists of many different areas for visitors to explore and learn about the story of Woodstock through exhibitions, lectures, and other educational programming.

1.  The Dana House, constructed in 1807, showcases period rooms and rotating displays including our beloved children’s room.


2.  The John Cotton Dana Research Library is a non-circulating library that showcases a variety of printed materials about the history of Woodstock and Vermont, reference and research materials, and rare books.

3.  Our largest resource consists of an archive containing many collections on the natural and built environment, planning, recreation, photographs, and a myriad of other subjects of local interest and historical importance.

We have beautiful perennial gardens and a back lawn bordering the Ottauquechee River with a view of Woodstock Village's only covered bridge and Mt. Tom. The Middle Bridge was built in 1969 by Milton S. Graton. Mt. Tom consists of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Our space is perfect for gatherings, learning, and contemplation. Every season brings new discoveries and creativity within this unique place.

Our outdoor learning environments extend beyond our property borders with excursions, tours, hikes, exhibits, and other educational programs. We provide place-based education and experiences throughout Woodstock.