Williston Town History

This site is produced by the Williston School District Social Studies units. It is a growing resource of pictures and information on Williston.

Williston Historical Society

whsThe Williston Historical Society is housed in the Vermont Room of the library. The Vermont Room is open during library hours. For more information, or to make an appointment with a historical society member please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Vermont Room contains more than 1,100 books as well as displays of historical interest. Much of this material must be used in this room. The society does not house vital records. For vital records please contact the Williston Town Hall or the Vermont State Archives.

A book on the town history of Williston by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra, published by the Williston Historical Society, Thomas Chittenden's Town: A Story of Williston Vermont is available for sale at the circulation desk.

UVM Special Collections

The University of Vermont Special Collections Department is located in the Bailey/Howe library on the campus. The collection is full of Vermont history including books, periodicals, maps, photographs, etc. Along with being able to search their catalog online, the department also has a digital initiative where many old photographs are available for viewing.

UVM also has an initiative called the Landscape Change Program which is a digital collection of images documenting the ever changing history of Vermont. There are thousands of images in the collection available for viewing.

Vermont Historical Society

vhsThe Vermont Historical Society has a wealth of information pertaining to the entire history of the state.  The VHS library and museum store are located in Barre. The museum is housed in Montpelier. More information can be found on their website.

Vermont Genealogy Library

A great site for genealogy research in Vermont is the Vermont Genealogy Library at Fort Ethan Allen in Vermont. VTGENLIB also offers many classes on genealogical research as well as special interest groups. Information for the beginning or seasoned genealogist about how to trace ancestors. A great resource for French-Canadian research, the library also has Vermont birth, marriage and death records on microfilm and many city directories as well as access to Ancestry.com.