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The premier event for Sheldon residents since the 1991 Bicentennial has been Sheldon Old Home Days. Every five years the Sheldon Historical Society members work diligently to present the history, heritage, and culture of Sheldon through parades, festivities, displays, and family oriented activities.
Sheldon Old Home Days

The 1991 Bicentenial

During the Bicentennial Celebration held on July 4, 1991 a parade proceeded from Grace Church down historic Bridge Street and through the historic corridor on Main Street to the meadow adjacent to the Sheldon Cemetery.  The streets were lined with people who adjourned to the meadow to enjoy games, music, food, fellowship, and historic displays.

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Sheldon Old Home Days 1996

The first "Official" Sheldon Old Home Days occurred in July 1996 and included a parade up Bridge Street and over historic Main Street to the Sheldon Woods Road where residents and friends gathered to celebrate. As the photos attest, the community celebrated its history and remembered its past.

Sheldon Old Home Days 2001

On a warm sunny summer day in July 2001 Sheldon residents, relatives and friends gathered along Bridge Street and Main Street to watch their friends and neighbors parade and ride to the Sheldon Woods Road gathering site. All manner of floats, vehicles, bands, antique cars, and horse drawn wagons participated as these photos show.

Sheldon Old Home Days 2006

Again in July 2006 Sheldon residents and friends gathered at the Sheldon Woods festivities grounds after a parade showing off their history, their children, and their organizations. Few photos of this event have been subitted but feel free to send us more.

Sheldon Old Home Days 2011

July 2011 witnessed an overwhelming level or participation in Sheldon Old Home Days. The mile long parade on a bright and sunny day stretched from Grace Episcopal Church to the Sheldon Cemetery grounds with parade watchers on Main and Bridge Street enjoying ice cream and the company of friends.

Our 2011 Picture Gallery requires Adobe Reader to view.

Sheldon Old Home Days 2016

After meticulous planning by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Sheldon Historical Society executed a magnificent Sheldon Old Home Days celebration on July 16, 2016.  Local individuals, organizations, and businesses marched along a mile of parade route displaying antique cars and tractors, historically significant floats, bands, and marching units.  The crowd of over 500 adjourned to the Sheldon Woods festivities arena to enjoy a chicken barbeque, live entertainment, displays of historical interest, and to enjoy community fellowship. All present enjoyed the day. Our thanks go out to countless individuals whose dedication fostered this important community event.

In a short five year period of time the prefered method of documentation went from taking digital photos to taking video. You are able to witness the event in two parts:

The First is the opening performance by Leah.
The Second is the parade from ground level.
Note: All online video is on You Tube and requires Adobe Flash to view.

Local media played an important part in our event.
The County Courier submitted an aerial view of the parade taken by a camera on a drone and posted on You Tube.
The Burlington Free Press featured the Sheldon Historical Society in print and on the web.
The St Albans Messenger sent a reporter to the event and published a print article which was also on line.

 

 
 

Other Celebrations

The Sheldon Fair

From its beginnings Sheldon has been a town that celebrates.  The 1792 Charter reads in part “The said town, as soon as there shall be fifty families resident and settled thereon, shall have the liberty of holding Two Fairs.” The first fair on record was held in 1838 as an Agricultural exhibit.  The “Franklin County Fair” dates back to 1866.  Multiple buildings occupied the Sheldon Jct.  site including two Grand Stands, horse barns, eating establishments, the Floral Hall, and a “Jail” where those too much a nuisance were confined”.

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The Sheldon Fair

Parade 1937

Few records remain of festivities after the fair. These 1937 or 1938 photos are courtesy of Carroll Cramton.  They were taken on July 4th at the end of his driveway.”
“On bikes are Mark Crampton, Bob Gray who died in a German prison camp, Aubrey Brier, Carroll Crampton, and Phil Curtis.  All of the bike riders became WWII veterans. The two men marching with drum were Willis Brown and Arthur Hemenway”. 

“The school girls are on Doctor S’s car.”

“The wedding wagon belongs to Wallace Kittell”.

“The horseback riders are the Chamberlain girls from East Sheldon.

“If our historical records are accurate no parades were held from 1941 to 1991”

Civil War

This plaque dedicated on August 29, 1964 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the attempt by Col Young and his “Southern Raiders” to burn the two lane covered bridge that spanned the Black Creek depicted in the picture. 

On Memorial Day 1991 the “Civil War” historical marker on Bridge Street and the Finnians historical marker on Rte. 105 were rededicated.

On a cool Sunday in October 2014, over 200 participants gathered at the bridge to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the “Raid”

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Sheldon Charter 250th Celebration