Volunteers clean up Nature Refuge
Old Stone House Activities
Runners, bikers and walkers are invited to race around the historic roads of Brownington in the crisp morning air with early fall color and spectacular views on Sunday morning, September 13, for the annual Old Stone House Fall Foliage Races.
The Half Marathon Run starts just after 8 a.m. and the 5K Run, 5K Walk and 12 Mile Bike races start just after 9 a.m. Racers can register in advance on-line at www.oldstonehousemuseum.org or by calling the museum at (802)754-2022, or they can register on race day. All races begin and end in front of the museum, at 109 Old Stone House Rd. Call for registration and info; fees includes a race t-shirt, while they last.
After the race there will be fresh pressed apple cider, corn on the cob, sweets and fruit, and prizes donated by local businesses. Racers are welcome to take a free tour of the museum.
The Old Stone House Museum is a four story granite block former dormitory, with thousands of artifacts displayed in 22 rooms, including furniture, paintings, photographs, tools, toys, textiles, folk art, and the stuff of everyday life. There are two barns with exhibits of agricultural and transportation equipment. The museum opened in 1925, as the county historical museum run by the Orleans County Historical Society. Proceeds from the Fall Foliage Races will support programming at the museum.
Volunteers spent a Saturday in August cleaning up the shores in the Refuge Naturel Baie Missisquoi where there are endangered plant species.
Thirty large bags of garbage were filled with plastic, glass, metal, paint cans, tires and more during the clean-up organized by Nature Conservancy Canada.