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  1. David Henderson

    My wife, Kathy (Vachon) Henderson was grand daughter to Ruth Wheeler Clark. She remembers the Aiken stand and some stories that had been We spent a number of Labor Day at family reunions on what we called Burke Mountain in Royalton among numerous Clark/descendants and the Aiken stand was often mentioned. We have a rose bush that was from the stand. Would love to talk to you.

  2. Nancy Wheeler Patterson

    The Aiken Stand was the Wheeler family homestead for many, many years. My great-grandfather Eldorous Wheeler was sent back to Vermont from the midwest to select a farmstead for his father and mother so the family could return. It was said that his mother missed Vermont’s mountains.

    He chose the Aiken Stand, apparently no longer a tavern. At that time the farm included some 600 acres of pasture, woodland, orchards and wetlands. My grandparents raised a family of five boys and two girls…the grand ‘ballroom’ upstairs was divided into numerous small bedrooms. My father, who grew up there, was amazed when the first person to restore the house discovered stenciling, the dance floor, fireplaces that had been boarded up and…an aunt told me that there’s a secret staircase in the house. From childhood days, I remember the scrubbed pine kitchen floor with lumpy knots that made my first steps a challenge. The dishwater flowed directly out a trough into the rhubarb patch behind the house. An attached back area was apparently an ‘outhouse’ and on it’s outside wall was a door sporting a smaller “cat door.” I happened to stop one day when I was home from college and found the restorers puzzled about that little door with leather hinges. It was fun to be able to tell them it’s purpose.

    The barns were across Sayer (we called it Sawyer) Road – I can remember them, the cooling shed where milk and home-churned butter was kept. When I drive by each spring — an annual trek from my home in Waterbury, VT to tend the gravesites of my kinfolk (North Road and Barnard Village cemeteries) — I see only forest where the cowbarn, milking parlor and huge hay loft once existed. An enormous pine loomed over the northeast end of the house and entry was via an attached woodshed. The initial restorer kept the pantry’s thread spool drawer pulls…I wonder if they are still there? Many happy memories are mine still of my grandmother, Sadie Wheeler, playing her piano and singing with a voice that often graced church programs.

    I’ve other recollections but have bored you long enough. Feel free to give my e-mail address to the present owners if they might be interested in the past. One of the seven Wheeler children is still living – she is in her 90s, living in Bennington, Vt. Her mind is still as clear as can be if they have any other questions about the “Stand”. It is far more elegant than ever it was in the 1940s. It was the very definition of “hardscrabble” farm then.


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