The town of Shelburne turns 250 years old in August, and planning is now underway for a weekend of festivities for people of all ages to commemorate the signing of the town charter on Aug. 18, 1763. The town’s rich history will be celebrated Aug. 16-18 with walking tours guided by historians, displays, children’s activities, a barbeque, and interactive exhibits, kicked off by a historic ferry tour of the Shelburne shoreline sponsored by the Pecor family.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our community’s past, present, and future,” said Colleen Haag, Shelburne Town Clerk and Treasurer. “We want this to be a birthday party to remember for all of the residents that make this such a great place to live.”
In a recent survey, Shelburne residents overwhelmingly cited the sense of community as what they valued most about living here. Respondents also cited the many historical, cultural, and recreational attractions of the town. Several residents also recalled prior birthday celebrations, including the town’s 200th which was attended by the Earl of Shelburne.
The town is currently looking for volunteers and sponsors to fund the events. Two local businesses, Futura Design and Alpine Media, donated logo and web design services for the event. Sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and nonprofits are available and start at $250. For more information and updates, visit www.shelburne250.org or visit shelburne250 on Facebook.