Romaine Tenney Event a Huge Success #vermonthistory #vermontfarmer #VTliving #VT #visitvt


Over 100 people were at the Weathersfield Proctor Library on Saturday, September 3 to celebrate the life of Romaine Tenney. Tenney was a farmer born and raise in Ascutney. He spent all his life on his farm off Route 131. He never married, didn't believe in electricity or power tools and lived his life the way he wanted to, simple and peaceful.

Family members from all over New England joined folks who lived down the street from Romaine to share memories of this quintessential Vermont Farmer. Smokeshire Hill Top Farm horses Sarah and Betsy carried folks from the Exit 8 Park and Ride (the former site of the Tenney homestead) by horse cart to the library for the celebration. Folks were dropped off to the music of The Sky Blue Boys (formerly Banjo Dan) including a song about Romaine on their new CD release "Sleeping Sentinel" and later heard Vermont historian Howard Coffin speak about the loss of the Vermont way of life. Vermont poet Neil Shepard share a poem he penned about Romaine Tenney from his book "Vermont Exit Ramps."

Antoinette Jacobson spoke about working with Coffin and the Tenney family to have monument placed at the Park and Ride to memorialize Tenney and the land that was taken for the highway. A petition was  also being circulated for signatures to have the State put up a historical marker at the parking area.




Some of the news coverage of the event:

WCAX.COM Weathersfield remembers iconic farmer who took a stand

The Eagle Times printed pictures on the front page and the last page on the Sept. 6 ,2016 edition.

http://www.eagletimes.com/news/all/Front%20Page

The Rutland Herald has coverage of our event too in today's paper.
You will need online subscriptions to read the Eagle Times and Rutland Herald or you can buy the papers on newsstand today.

The Vermont Standard also plans to run an article in their paper on Friday, Sept. 9.

Photos By Nanci Blog: http://photosbynanci.blogspot.com/2016/09/romaine-tenney-celebration-huge-success.html




Romaine Tenney:
A Celebration of a Farmer's Life
Sponsored by The Friends and the Trustees
Weathersfield Proctor Library
Ascutney VT  September 3, 2016
Copyright ©2016 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy




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