Shiretown

Chelsea, VT
Difficulty: Easy
Special Features: Architectural, Historical
Walking Conditions: Pavement
Duration: 1:00
Season: Year Round
Bring: Compass, Money

Description

This letter hunt reveals some of the hidden history of Chelsea as you walk around this quaint village. The town of Chelsea was settled 1784.  A unique feature is the two commons, or greens, as they were called in the early history of the town. Chelsea is located near the center of Orange County and in 1795, it was designated as the seat of the county government, thus becoming the “Shire Town,”an old English term.

Note: 2020 Will’s Store is closed Sunday and Mondays.

You may want to enjoy the Chelsea Community Barn Quilt Project which will take you by 90+ Barn Quilts traditionally painted on wood in classic quilt patterns and displayed on the sides of homes and barns. You can download a map of where to see the barn quilts here.

Directions

Take Vermont Route 110 (heading north from Royalton) or take Vermont Route 113 (traveling northwest from Thetford). The Quest begins on the Chelsea's South Green, in front of the Court House.

Clues and Map

Click here to view/print the clues and map for this quest.

Created

2002

Update to this Quest

If you are using the Best of the Valley Book:

We are so sorry to report that one of the buildings that is a clue on this Quest has burned down. So here are some adjustments to your clues! Clue #7 that begins with “Hammers, nails, buckets….” no longer works so delete that one altogether. And the letter that you are supposed to collect for number 5 is the same letter as number 6! So at the very end, use number 6 to fill in the space that is labeled 5.