Romaine Tenney: A Celebration of a Farmer's Life Sept. 3 #WFLDProctorLib #WeathersfieldVT #VT #library #vermonthistory

 Saturday, September 3
11 am-1 pm
Weathersfield Proctor Library
5151 Rte 5 Ascutney, VT

Please join the Weathersfield Proctor Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of  Weathersfield Proctor Library as we celebrate the life a Romaine Tenney, a Weathersfield Farmer.
Romaine grew up on a farm that was located where the overpass of Interstate 91 crosses Route 131.

Romaine's story was written up in the March/April 2013 edition of Yankee Magazine. "Romaine Tenney Loved His Farm to Death" by Howard Mansfield.
 The Weathersfield Historical Society has many photos of this bachelor farmer and his beloved animals.

Our event will feature:
The The Sky Blue Boys (Banjo Dan) performing their song about Romain Tenney and other music from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Folks will be sharing their memories about the farm, the famous farmhouse and Weathersfield's native son.

Refreshment will be served.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Romaine was born September 6, 1900 and died September 11, 1964.

In the summer of 1964, Romaine Tenney was a bachelor farmer. He milked 25 cows by hand on his farm in Ascutney, Vermont. He had no electricity in his house, used no gas-powered machinery. He cut his firewood with an axe and a saw; cut his hay with workhorses.

He didn’t own a tractor or drive a car. When he went to the nearby big town of Claremont, across the river in New Hampshire, he’d walk the six miles–except that he probably never walked all the way. People always picked him up.

Everyone knew Romaine. With his long beard, felt hat, and overalls, he was a familiar sight. Romaine enjoyed visiting on these rides, and all his neighbors liked him.

His farm was right on the major road between Ascutney and Claremont; the road hugged his cow barn, and neighbors would often stop to chat.

He rose late and worked late into the night. “You could drive by at midnight and there he would be in his barn, fixing some harnesses or just puttering about,” said Deputy Sheriff Robert Gale.

It was as if Romaine held the office of Bachelor Farmer in town. Read more of the Yankee Magazine article:

Come learn about this man and his life.

The event is sponsored by the Friends or Weathersfield Proctor Library and from a Bottle Return Grant from the Town of Weathersfield.

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