March 7 2023 ballot: Here is the ballot for Vernon’s March 7, 2023 election.    Select board 3 years         Jean Carr  Select board 2 years          Ken Bloom                                                 Brandon Bucossi                                                 Susan Miller Treasurer                              Cindy Turnley Delinquent Tax Collector   Marylynn Scherlin Lister                                      Chad Baldwin Town Moderator                 Tim Arsenault  First Constable                    none Second Constable                none School board 3 years          Kerry Amidon School board 2 years          Sarah Deyo School Moderator               Tim Arsenault   School budget     Shall the Vernon Town School District adopt a budget of $7,650,043 to defray it’s expenses and liabilities for the 2023-2024 school year?


The Whithed Mill (now George’s Mill)

The Whithed Mill, about 1906

Leaving behind the Whithed Cemetery and that scoundrel, J. O. Frost, we’ll travel north on Route 142 until we get to the composting bins and the Town Garage.

It was a busy spot in 1839, just as it is today. A mill was constructed on the north side of the Town Brook in 1839, through the combined efforts of Marshall Whithed and David Ball, of Winchester, N.H. The basement contained a grist mill, the first floor a saw mill, and the second floor was reserved for dances. The yard held agricultural fairs, in season. A small part of the yard was shared with Benjamin Arnold Streeter, Vernon’s first blacksmith. He also raised fancy fowl (shades of J. O. Frost!)

The building cost five hundred dollars, and the pit and dam, $6,500. In 1859, Whithed deed the mill and road to David Ball. John Hunt purchased the mill from the Ball family.

In 1908, part of the land was deeded through a will. The remaining part was deed to the Town in 1927, by the only living heirs to the Whithed family, Marshall and Aimee Whithed of Bernardston. (It sure kept the Town Clerks busy!)

But Whithed’s Mill was resurrected in the 1950s, under “new management” and became an attraction in Vernon and beyond. Mystery and mayhem are involved. More next month, stay tuned!