Irish Settlement

Among the first Irishman in Underhill were two brothers, John and Felix Doon, from County Armagh. They had come down from Canada in 1823, landing on St. Albans’ Maquam Shore, and made their way to Underhill. There they took up residence on a ridge overlooking a fertile vale called Pleasant Valley. Through the 1820s and 1830s Underhill attracted other Irish people, with the earliest arrivals writing home and encouraging friends and relatives to follow. Soon there were Breens, Barretts, Shanleys, Flynns, and others scattered across the valleys and hills. By 1840 about 9 percent of Underhill’s 1,441 residents were Irish. Locals called the track running along the ridge near the Doon place, “the Irish Settlement Road.” Interestingly,the Underhill Irish community was well established before the Famine Irish landed on America’s shores. Vincent Feeney's Pre-Famine Irish in Vermont, 1815–1844 is a great read! John, Felix and their descendants are buried in Irish Settlement Cemetery.

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Otis Cemetery

The Otis Cemetery was being lost to time when my father first introduced me, while telling stories of his childhood on one of our many meandering drives around his hometown of Danby in the early 1990's. In their time, my Otis grandfathers built and ran one of the largest dairy farms in Vermont at Cream Hill, and there left a multi-generational family graveyard, which they also shared with their Quaker Friends.

Fascinated by the history and alarmed at the condition, my father and I journeyed there many times to pay our respects and uncover our ancestors in the hope of preserving their memory for future generations. Over the years we have been honored and privileged with the help of family and friends...Read on...

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Lunenburg Historical Society

Here in Lunenburg, Vermont, folks have always valued the past. In each generation, families have taken care to safeguard the history that was important to them. Newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, personal accounts, the articles of everyday life - all have been put away for safe keeping with an eye to the future.

To discover and preserve such material and make it accessible to all were the goals in 1977 of the newly incorporated Town of Lunenburg Historical Society. To that end, the Society over the years has amassed a large collection of historical documents and artifacts, produced a book of town history, and worked toward restoring the old town hall to serve as a repository of the community's history. Those efforts continue today.

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