Interested in cooling off on a hot summer’s day? Join us at the Black River Academy Museum on Saturday, July 6 from 1-4pm on 14 High Street, Ludlow for an old-fashioned ice cream social.

wedding display at black river academy museum

While you are here, take some time to view the DVD on the main floor to see what the museum is all about. View the bridal memorabilia display with vintage wedding dresses from 1880’s to mid-1900’s. Read about our local historian, author and editor of the Vermont Historical Gazetteer, Abby Hemenway. Walk through the three floors of exhibits featuring the Main Street of Ludlow as it was in the late 1800’s, see rooms filled with Victorian furnishings. Can you pick out the first vacuum cleaner that was invented here in town? The second floor features many exhibits including traditional New England barn building, information about the after effects of Tropical Storm Irene, and Vermont’s largest display of Finnish artifacts. Also, a display showing scaled model buildings of Main Street in the 1930’s and 40’s assembled by our local sixth grade students under the supervision of their teacher, Heidi Baitz. The third floor has a 1900’s school room and military memorabilia from the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.

Whether you are just visiting for the weekend, a summer resident, or a local resident, there is always something new and different to see at the museum. With the price of admission of $2 or $1 for seniors and students, you can enjoy a tasty dessert and also wander through this local treasure. Hope to see you July 6th. Happy summer!


April showers, bring May flowers and June peonies. It’s that time of the year again to be outdoors and appreciate the beauty of Vermont in the springtime.

Frost Peony Farm

The Black River Academy Museum is hosting a luncheon and tea at the Frost Hill Peony. Farm in Belmont Saturday, June 8th at 10am, Gretchen Gregory from Northern Gardens and Landscaping will be on hand to help identify the various plants that are grown in this area. A light lunch and tea will follow this presentation. The suggested donation for this event is $10. Please RVSP to Georgia Brehm at 802-228-5050 or, if you are planning to attend this event. Looking forward to seeing you all for an informative and relaxing morning.

The Black River Academy Museum welcomes a new trustee, Paula Ferro!. About three years ago, Paula’s daughter and her husband were spending vacation time in Ludlow and fell in love with the area. Paula and her husband started visiting her family here and together they enjoyed looking at homes here. Last year, they finally found the right one. In September of 2018, they moved from West Hartford, CT to Ludlow.

paula ferro

Paula retired from her job which she held for over ten years as Administrative Assistant/Court Room Clerk for the Judicial Branch for the State of Connecticut. While participating in the various fund-raising events at the museum, she met many of the members of the museum and enjoyed the camaraderie of the group. She appreciates the historical value that the Black River Academy Museum contributes to this area and is definitely an asset to the organization. Paula likes being busy and is also a member of the Ludlow Garden Club and FOLA. She enjoys gardening, hiking, walking, and decorating. Her husband has been working in the carpentry business for sixteen years and does finished carpentry work.

Visit the museum and search for the room that Paula was photographed in. Which local business was it?
You might enjoy seeing many of the other local businesses that once graced the Main Street of Ludlow. Everyone is welcome to visit at 14 High Street, Ludlow and see what the museum is all about. The summer hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm. The suggested donation is $2 for adults and $1 for students and Seniors. See you soon!