High Water at the Hughes Barn Museum

The high water event of July 1, 2017 hit Thetford hard; damaging roads, culverts, driveways, and ditches. Basements flooded, and yards were washed away or filled with debris. The Thetford Historical Society’s Hughes Barn Museum on Route 113 also suffered extensive damage, both structurally and to our collection, when Zebedee Brook overran its banks.

The force and volume of the water inflow was such that it displaced many of the collection items and coated them with sediment and other debris. It also undermined portions of the barn foundation, displaced some of the wooden flooring, damaged portions of the exterior walls and displaced or washed away some of the crushed stone surface in the carriage area. Click here for a gallery of photos after the water receded.

Now, one year later, we're almost back to normal, and are opening the Museum for a special event - "Wash Day" - on Sunday, July 1st, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Come check out items from our "Water Room". Learn how laundry was done by hand, with homemade soap, a washboard, and a wringer, then hung outside to dry, on a line with funky wooden clothes pins. We'll have refreshments as well. Fun for all ages!

THS Board of Trustees

Marshall Van Norden, President (North Thetford)
Sally Duston, Vice President (Thetford Center)
Sarah Clarke, Treasurer (East Thetford)
Tara Pacht, Secretary (East Thetford)

John Bacon (Rice's Mills) Bob Metzler (North Thetford)
Jennifer Boeri-Boyce (Post Mills) Steve Niederhauser (Vershire)
Roberta Howard (North Thetford) Kristofer Ray (Post Mills)
Ruth MacKinnon (Union Village) Cy Severance (East Thetford)

Martha Howard, Director