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Valley House and the railroad

Our group's entry is about how the Valley House and the railroad in Orleans, Vermont worked together to cause the growth of the Valley House. We will tell you about how they worked together throughout history. We chose this topic because we live in Orleans, Vermont and we want to learn more about our village's history. We all have gone to the Valley House before and have seen what a great place it must have been to go and hang out before it burned down.

We have gone to many places to find information including the Old Stone House Museum, the Jones Memorial Library, interviews of David and Louise Bolduc, an interview with Darlene Young, and a walk throughout Orleans village. Our most valuable sources were our interviews because they gave us a great deal of historical information about what Orleans was like a long time ago. Darlene Young told us many important things about the railroad, and the Bolducs gave us much important information as well.

Our ideas didn't change really at all throughout our project. We stuck with our first idea from the beginning and still have it now. We chose to use information about each of our topics from different sources. We put our entry together by using the iMovie on the computers and adding our information to it. Some people in our group did not work as hard as others did throughout the beginning and right now in time. The people who have been working harder than others have had to deal with the other people, and they overcame the problems.

In conclusion, the Valley House and railroad were very important and were responsible for the growth of Orleans village. It was important to study this topic because we learned many things about the railroad and how it affected our home town of Orleans. This has been a very valuable experience for us because it taught us many things about history and the great things you can do with it.


The railroad was a great transportation because it carried products such as grain, lumber, and dairy products. It also carried mail, coal, wood, animals, and people.

Gradually more and more people started riding the railroad because it could carry cart after cart, and it was really cheap.

The railroad started dying down because automobiles, and trucks started coming out. Also trains left at certain times, and only went to certain places, unlike automobiles which went where they wanted as long as there was a road, and also went when the person drove it at any time.

The station was built around 1860.

The station was in front of Ethan Allan. There is taping on where the station was, and where the rail line travels throughout town.


1820- Barton Landing is founded by Roger Enos who got the land from Iran Allen who got it from Herman Allen. All the town was was a sawmill town.

1833- Valley House is built by Jesse Cook, he also built lime kilns, Barlett House, and a store with Albert Eaton. Because of what he built, this created the "town center". Original Valley House was in 1835.

1838- Valley House rebuilt after first fire.

1859 + 1860- Railroad reaches Barton Landing. Greatly helped Valley House's business because it brought the Valley House goods.

1868- Railroad improvements are being made.

1869- Accomodation trains year round.

1875- Valley House took its latest form when a logging camp known as the Higia House used by people throughout the town was added on when owners of the Valley House bought it and used oxen and logs to add it onto the Valley House. The third floor was used as a community room in the late 1800s. Throughout 1835 to 1998 it was burned down 3-4 times. Finally being burnt for good in 1998.

1893 - Railroad decided to build a new station . Built in front of Ethan Allan.

1893 - When more people came to valley house, they demanded more goods from railroad .

1893 - Transported goods to town, and valley house for people who were staying there . Barton LANDING CHANGES NAMES BECAUSE OF THE MIX UP WITH THE RAILROAD. Mail got confusing, and goods for people.

1915 - Train wreck/headon collision.

1915 - W.F. Scott operated livery at the valleyHouse .

1920 - Railroad in financial diffculty

1925 - Lease on the section from newport to Wells River transferred to Canadian pacific railroad .

1939 - Valley house was hit by fire and again was rebuilt.

1945- Steam power replaced with diesel it made the transportation faster. It was important because it brought goods right on time everyday.

1960- All passenger service dropped. It dropped because automobiles were getting more popular so less people rode the train, and when less people rode the train the Valley House got less people. This was a bad thing because it brought people to and from the village, and it gave the Valley House business.

1975- Sold small pieces of land little by little because of money issues, and taxes.

1998- Bolducs ran Valley House for 18 years, and then it burned down for the last time. It was never rebuilt because it would take at least 1.5 million dollars to rebuild.


Bolduc, David & Louise. Personal Interview. 12 Feb. 2003.

David and Louise Bolduc used to own the Valley House before it burned down. They gave us a great deal of information about the Valley House in the 1800s and the Valley House in the 1900s. They also gave us old brochures, post cards, keys to rooms, and business cards.

Hoyt, Darrell. Sketches of Orleans, Vermont. Newport & Burlington: Memphremagog Press & Queen City Printers Inc., 1985. 1-97.

This book gave us much information, and it gave us many pictures we could scan as well. Some of them included the Barton River, The Valley House, and The Railroad Station. It also had short stories that came with each of the pictures.

Old Stone House Museum. (United States): n.p., n.d. We used the museum to get old pictures and postcards that, in the future, would be used in our iMovie.

Young, Darlene. Personal Interview. 7 Feb. 2003.

With the information from the interview, we were able find out many things about the railroad. She told us many things, and most importantly, how it was involved with the creation of the Valley House. The things she told us consisted of dates and times of important events and places where the railroad was constructed.