On Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., the Woodstock History Center will host a program entitled: “And That’s What They Do at the Springs: Nineteenth-Century Mineral Springs Resorts in Vermont.” According to David P. Wright, who will be delivering the lecture, “The roots of Vermont’s tourism industry can be traced to the aspiring entrepreneurs who developed natural mineral springs into resorts of medical benefit, rejuvenation, and recreation.” This program, with the Montvert Hotel (1871-1905) in Middletown Springs as its focus, explores the history of the mineral springs craze from its origins in pre-history to its Victorian flowering and decline at the turn of the twentieth century. The lecture is illustrated with over 100 slides, many from unpublished antique photographs, and includes an example of music written especially for the Montvert Hotel.
David Wright is a historian and Vice-President of the Middletown Springs Historical Society. A builder focused on historic restoration, he has over 30 years experience working with antique houses, barns, and other structures.
Growing up in the family that managed the Green Mountain Club’s rustic club house hotel, Long Trail Lodge, he gained an early appreciation for Vermont resort culture. He earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Harvard University, studying architectural history and design.
The program is free for members of the Woodstock Historical Society. There is a small charge for non-members.
The Woodstock History Center is located at 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vermont. For more information on this program, please call: (802) 457-1822 or visit: www.woodstockhistorical.org.
Woodstock had its own mineral spring that was associated with the Woodstock Inn. This spring, located on Dunham Hill, was known as “Sanatoga Springs” — a take-off on the popular Saratoga Springs in New York. (Photo Provided)