DVTA PUBLISHES BOOK ON BARNBOARD FACTORY HISTORY
The 112-page book uses an abundance of pictures to describe the rich history of
In its attempt to build a new transit facility on the site, the DVTA had to secure many permits, one of which required a sign-off by the Historical Society of Wilmington to tear the structure down. Society President Julie Moore asked the DVTA to document the site’s history, maybe in the form of a scrapbook.
The two spent several years poring through old files, collecting information, and interviewing previous employees who had worked there.
“We got hooked on the site’s history and decided a scrapbook would not do it justice,” said Martha.
The story starts in 1914 when the site was leased by the Ludington Company, a
Long-time locals will remember the Vermont Barnboard Factory years when Lincoln Haynes made weathered siding through a “not-so-secret” process. The book concludes with the factory’s demolition in 2011.
Two former employees – Jim Raymo of East Dover and George Davis of
“The book would not be possible without all their help,” said Randy. “The DVTA Board was very generous and supportive of this project from the beginning.”
Video footage of the two tours were shot in August 2009 and will be the highlight of an upcoming documentary produced by The Student Network.
The book is sold only at Bartleby’s Bookstore in
For more information contact the DVTA at 464-8487.