The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group (SoVerA) was created to stimulate inquiry about the universe through gained and shared knowledge, research, and appreciation by helping the public at large learn about the nature of the cosmos and how to help gain more information from it.
Fostering awareness, stewardship, and enjoyment of Chester's natural resources The Chester Conservation Committee (CCC) is an informal, independent group of volunteers from this region who meet monthly. Our purpose is to conduct and encourage educational experiences and community conservation projects that will foster an awareness and stewardship of Chester’s rich natural heritage. At the present time, the CCC has developed and maintains three trails The Lost Mine Trail, Butternut Hill Trial, and Green Mountain Nature Trail. A trail map of the Lost Mine trail and Butternut Hill Trail is here and the Green Mountain Nature Trail map is here (Please note that the Green Mountain Nature Trail is not accessible to the public when school is in session. School hours are from 7:00 am-4:00 pm). In addition to developing and maintaining trails, the CCC recruits and coordinates volunteers for VT Green-Up Day and sponsors and participates in other environmental projects of interest to the community. The Chester Conservation Committee meets at 7:00 P.M. on the First Tuesday of the month at Chester-Andover Elementary School. New members are always welcome to join us. For more information, email Frank Kelley at email@example.com.
Chester Historical Society
The Chester Historical Society is an active organization in Chester. Their Museum is located in their building on Main Street and is closed for the winter season. New displays include a prized sampler wrought by Myranda Walker of Chester in 1830, numerous early photographs of Chester events and people, a rare carte de visite of John Wilkes Booth, daguerreotypes and tinttypes, early costumes and quilts from the Society’s collections and Civil War documents and armaments related to important Chester events and people who made them happen. Yosemite Fire House, 1878-79, is located on VT Route 103 in Chester. “Yosemite” is a Miwak Indian tribe name meaning Grizzly Bear. “Yosemite” was also the name on the engine purchased for Chester’s Fire House. The name was quickly adopted by the men for their volunteer Fire Department. The Yosemite Fire House is a distinct structure and a fine example of early fire houses. Why two towers? The taller tower was used for drying hoses and the shorter one housed the alarm bell, which can be used today. There are plans to renovate the structure into a Fireman’s Museum.