The Vernon Historical Society is a volunteer operated non-profit, organization. The purpose of the Society is to create interest and activity in the field of local history. The Museum building serves as a repository for a variety of collected materials that are available to the general public for research. These collections aid historians, genealogists, and interested citizens in research, and provide source materials for exhibits, publications and programs. During Museum hours, volunteers are present to answer questions and provide access to collected materials.
Books -Several publications on the history of Vernon and Rockville are available at our Museum Shop.These titles can be purchased at Crystal Blueprint,
Photographs from the collection of the Vernon Historical Society capture the evolution of a diverse urban center from its rural beginnings. The images with text chronicle the transformation of
Vernon-Rockville in the Twentieth Century by Dr. S. Ardis Abbott and Jean A. Luddy $19.99
At the close of the 19th century,
To trace the evolution of a small
History of Rockville from 1823 to 1871 by William T. Cogswell $10.00
In 1872, William Cogswell published his memoir of early Rockville in the Rockville Journal. Looking back fifty years to the building of the first mill, Cogswell described the growth of the village as woods gave way to mills, stores, and homes. The reprinted text of Cogswell’s original history is supplemented with short biographical sketches of early Rockville citizens, maps of described areas, and definitions of manufacturing processes and of words of the times. The materials has been researched by Dr. S. Ardis Abbott, the municipal historian and Jean Luddy, librarian. In addition, historic photos of