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Historic Trades Fair (RSVP)

Step back in time to a bygone era at the Cobblestone Museum on Saturday, August 26th from 11am-5pm for the Historic Trades Fair. Come and experience 19th century craftsmen plying their trade in this day-long immersive event with blacksmiths, printers, weavers, carpenters, wood joiners, chair caning, farmers, musicians, butter churning and more.

A Civil War encampment will also take place on site featuring uniformed soldiers with tents, gear and antique firearms.
The Cobblestone Museum features three cobblestone buildings and four wood frame buildings that house the historic trades collections. Artisans and craftsmen will be working in their respective fields throughout the day, in “open-house” format.

Admission to the Historic Trades Fair is available online or at the museum on the day of the event. Kids 12 and under are free with adult admission, making this a great family experience.

Vagg's Blacksmith Shop

Purchased by John Simmons from John Proctor in 1839, the small parcel of land on the southwest corner of the intersection at Fair Haven hosts the blacksmith shop. Deed records show that by 1842, Simmons had built a blacksmith shop on that exact parcel of land.

Upon the arrival of Joseph H. Vagg to Fair Haven, he began working as a blacksmith out of that same two-story brick shop after having spent seven years working the same trade with his brother-in-law in Barre. Unfortunately his business was destroyed in 1921 by a fire which started under mysterious origins.

In the spring of 1922, Vagg rebuilt his business and worked out of the blacksmith shop that currently sits on Rt. 98. Vagg began shoeing horses, forging iron work, and repairing farm machinery and eventually added a wood shop on the south end of the building. In February 1956, the doors of the Childs blacksmith shop were closed for good. Following the death of Joseph’s wife, Nellie Bulmore Vagg in 1975, the Cobblestone Society assumed possession of the property.

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