Johnson Historical Society

Weaving stories of the past with the present, using our collections of artifacts and
displays, creating a legacy for future generations.

Do you know who these people are? Please contact Lois at 802-635-7826 or Dick at 802-635-7080 with any information!

Come join the Johnson Historical Society tables at Tues Night Live.
We will selling pie, Alice’s famous cake, and hotdogs.
It all starts up on Tuesday, July 9 starting at 6:00 pm!
Hope to see you there!

One of the Town of Johnson’s and our boards distinguished member, Alice Whiting, was honored with the Jim Marvin Lifetime Achievement Award.
Such an extremely deserving honor!!

The Holcomb House, home of the Johnson Historical Society’s extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia is open on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The Johnson Historical Society invites you to visit and explore our many items relating to Johnson’s history.  Maybe you would like to look through some Johnson High School yearbooks and refresh your memory about your high school years, find photos of friends from those days and  photos of those teachers you have forgotten!  Remember the trophy case that sat in the hallway of the high school?  We have it at the Holcomb House and it still has trophies in it!  Visitors may still contact any member of the Historical Society to schedule a visit or call Dick Simays (802-635-7080) or Lois Frey (802-635-7826)

Preview what the Holcomb House (188 Lower Main St. East) has inside by checking out our welcome video.

A new addition, the Albert S. and Anita M. Nadeau Family Archives will be on display using digital equipment, recently donated by the Nadeau Family. With more than 1,000 slides there is a lot of Johnson history to view. And much more on display to see.

Every town is embodied in its history, its own characteristics, its uniqueness, its particularities,  those things that make it special. A place that ignites memories of your childhood, your high school days or the first day you arrived to that special place you call home. What is it that makes Johnson, Vermont special to you? What is it about Johnson that makes you feel content and secure in it uniqueness? What is it that puts that smile on your face, gives you a warm and cozy feeling when you say, “I live in Johnson, Vermont” or “I grew up in Johnson, Vermont?”

Johnson, granted in 1782 to Samuel Johnson and others, was chartered as a town in January, 1792; in 1894 the Village of Johnson was incorporated. Nestled in the Lamoille Valley, it is surrounded by mountains and forests and is the meeting place of the Lamoille and Gihon rivers. In it’s beginning, the Gihon was the foundation for much of the water-powered mill economy, but it is also known for its woolen mill and former talc mines.

The mission of the Johnson Historical Society is to preserve
our history by weaving stories of the past
with the present,using our collections
of artifacts and displays, creating a
legacy for future generations.


Johnson Historical Society
188 Main Street, P.O. Box 383
Johnson, VT 05656
(802) 635-2300

[email protected]

Linda Jones, Town Historian
(802) 635-7401

Doctor Holcomb House Hours
Second Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Fourth Sunday 1:00pm – 3:00pm/Programs

And by appointment:
Lois Frey  635-7826    Dick Simays 635-7080

Board of Directors
Dick Simays, President, Mary Jean Smith, Vice President, Dennis Richards, Secretary,
Kelly Vandorn, Treasurer, Alice Whiting, Membership Chair