Welcome to the Peacham Historical Association.
Our mission is to celebrate and preserve the rich history of Peacham, Vermont. This website will give you an overview of the Historical Association’s collections, publications, programs and other offerings. We hope you will join us at an upcoming event or sign up for a membership. Check back often to find out what’s new about Peacham’s history.
Peacham, a picturesque hill town in northeastern Vermont, has a population of 732 people that swells to over 1,000 in the summer months. The village center with its cluster of early to mid-19th century Federal and Greek Revival homes has been designated a National Historic District. Several large working farms are located a short distance from the village. The rolling fields, together with secluded ponds, brooks, and dense woodlands, give the town its distinctive rural character.
First settled in 1776, Peacham has played a substantial role in the history of Vermont and of the nation. Thaddeus Stevens, abolitionist leader and US senator during the Civil War period, is the most prominent of a roster of distinguished residents past and present.
Peacham continues to play a vital role in the life of the region. The Northern Skies Observatory was constructed in 2010 through the efforts of local citizens and offers schools and the community opportunities to study and contemplate the skies. The Historical Association was founded in 1916 and has actively sought to preserve and display the town’s history through exhibits in its Historical House, Ghost Walks, and publications. Our small town hosts a number of well-attended annual events, including its July 4th celebration featuring a tractor parade, ghost walk, games, and pig roast. The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival draws visitors from near and far in mid-August. The Fall Foliage Festival and the Winter Carnival are also popular Peacham events.