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Located within the historic Champlain Mill in Winooski, Vermont, the Winooski Historical Society preserves and archives information related to the Onion City's unique history


Our City

Winooski has an important role in Vermont’s history and development. In the early 1770’s Ira Allen “led a people through a wilderness of 70 miles” to construct a formidable blockhouse on the Winooski (then “Onion”) River, which served both as a fort and as a general store and office for the land-speculating Onion River Company. “Fort Frederick” was never used for defense, but its protective presence increased the value of Onion River property and advanced local settlement.

Become a Member

Memberships and donations are critical in keeping the Winooski Historical Society sustainable. 


Thank you for your support!


Joseph Perron, President

Sue O’Brien, Co-Vice President 

Betsy Conlon, Co-Vice President 

Leslie Gamelin Turner, Treasurer and Publications

Jess Goerold, Secretary

Rita Martel, President Emeritus 

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