2019 Plans

1. Multipurpose Community Center:

Our primary goal is to turn the unused North Clarendon Chapel into a community resource and small gathering space for Clarendon and surroundings. It will also be used for Art or Historic Exhibits, small Holiday Craft Market and cultural events. Read more

2. Partnerships:

In an effort to recruit qualified volunteers we have partnered with Volunteer Match.

volunteer match

The VolunteerMatch team combines a love of community engagement, a passion for technology, and a commitment to building strong relationships.



Our plans are also to partner with Senior Corp to organize community resources and Signature Programs.

3. Recruiting for the North Clarendon Chapel:

  1. North Clarendon Chapel Working Committee
  2. Corpwell Foundation, Clarendon Heritage, Project Executive Assistant
  3. North Clarendon Chapel Project Community Organizer
    1. Summer Events Coordinator & Organizer
    2. Fall/Winter Events Coordinator
    3. Fundraising
  4. Corpwell Foundation, Local Board Member

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Parking: Parking is restricted to 15 min. All event parking will be at postoffice and library.

Support: This effort is not supported by Clarendon town taxes but by grants, private support and fundraising events.

Holiday Market

Saturdays, 12-4PM starting after Thanksgiving.

Clarendon Heritage will be holding a Holiday Market to raise funds for the Chapel restoration.

Local artists, crafts  men or women are encouraged to reserve their spot early. Details

Plans to restore historic church moving along

Rutland Herald
CLARENDON — Efforts to restore the North Clarendon Chapel are focused around raising both funds and community interest, one of the project’s leaders told the Select Board on Monday.

Nicolette Asselin, who’s been heading up the recent fundraising efforts, said during the summer there’s been a number of fundraising events, grant applications and community input on what to do with the historic church.

Asselin said in an interview Tuesday that the Friends of the North Clarendon Chapel donated the church to the Corpwell Foundation about two weeks ago. Corpwell is a nonprofit, so now the project is eligible for various grants, Asselin said. Her role is that of a grant researcher.


Group contemplates church building’s future

Gordon Dritschilo | July 28, 2018  RUTLAND HERALD

CLARENDON — Anna Towle said she’s convinced the North Clarendon Chapel has shrunk. “When I was a kid it was an awful lot bigger,” said the 75-year-old from behind a table where she was selling vegetables Saturday on behalf of Friends of the North Clarendon Chapel. “My mother used to teach Sunday school. There were seven of us kids who kids who used to come. … Our minister was Mrs. Baker, Christina Baker. She used to be a missionary to India.”

The Friends were offering tours of the building and soliciting ideas from the community about what should be done with it once it’s been renovated. The chapel was constructed in 1871, and Nicolette Asselin, of Clarendon Heritage, said it has been closed since sometime in the 1980s.

“It was built as a little country church,” Asselin said. “It’s been closed, really, forever. … I guess they didn’t know about how to write grants, get money. … It’s not really unsafe. It’s just kind of gotten forgotten.”

Asselin has been working with the Friends organization, and got them a $250 grant to which they raised a $250 match for an assessment of the building.  CONT

July 28th, Chapel Tours

Friends of the North Clarendon Chapel are committed to seeing a new day for their beloved building and will be available on the Townwide sale, July 28th, 2018 to answer any questions as well as sell baking goods to raise the amount needed for the matching grant.

Tours will start on the hour from 10 AM to 4PM. Project Manager, Peter Coppola will answer questions between Noon and 2 PM.

Clarendon Heritage members will also be available to answer questions about other potential funding for other renovation projects in town. Clarendon has a collection of beautiful barns in need of some attention. Grants are available for other preservation efforts.

  • Where:  Old 7, between Moulton and North Shrewbury Road.
  • When: July 28th10-5PM
  • More information Press Releases

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Historic Preservation Worshop

Historic Preservation & Community Development 

July 16-17, 2018

Community development is defined as “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.” Historic Preservation plays an important role in community development, particularly when so much of Vermont’s preservation work is focused in our downtowns and village centers.
This retreat is available to volunteers who are interested in helping Clarendon Heritage strengthens their community.
Registration Deadline: July 1, 2018.  


News – Fall 2017

  • North Clarendon Chapel           

Good News Newsletter 10-2017

North Clarendon Chapel has received a Robert Sincerbeaux Fund (RSF) Condition Assessment Grant managed by the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

RSF grants are used to hire a preservation contractor or architect to evaluate the condition of a historic building and make recommendations for its care. The consultant will prepare a report that prioritizes repairs and gives rough cost estimates so the Friends of the North Clarendon Chapel can plan fundraising strategies.

Preservation Advisor, Peter Coppola, and architect Tom Keefe from the firm ‘Keefe and Wesner’ will be conducting an assessment of the building to see if it can be restored for community activities in the future. Read more.

  • Barn Census

Efforts are expanded to start a Barn Census with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and Devin A. Colman | State Architectural Historian. The Barn Census Committee had its first meeting in September. The next steps are to identify which Barn would qualify, send a letter to owners and find more volunteers to assist in conducting the Census. If you are interested in volunteering contact Clarendon Heritage. If you are the owner of a barn and wish to have your barn included in the census please contact us. A folder is also available at the Bailey Library for consultation. Read more

  • Field Classroom

A first lecture about “How to Bring History Alive in Clarendon” will be given this fall at the Grange, sponsored both by the Clarendon Historical Society, Clarendon Heritage and organized by our Director of Educational Programs and Field Classroom, Charlie Harcourt. The topic will cover the importance of Preservation and approaches used to teach local history in schools and communities. (If you have subscribed to the newsletter you will receive a notice.) Read more

  • Clarendon Historical Society

Minutes of Meetings

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