Saturday, the town of Ferrisburgh - pop. 2,775 - held its biggest party yet. Local leaders began planning for the town's historic 250th birthday bash last October.
"We only ever celebrate 250 years once in our lifetime," said Selectboard Chairwoman and party organizer Loretta Lawrence, "we want people just to come down and have a good time with their families, take it easy and enjoy the history of Ferrisburgh."
The weather cooperated, providing the perfect atmosphere at the schoolgrounds for music, games and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Mike Cosgrove grew up in town, and returned to the area to raise his family. "It's a wonderful place," he said, "farms, family, it's a great place, community is important, and this place really drives that home."
The Ferrisburgh Historical Society's building sits right next to the current school in the town's old schoolhouse. Members shared the town's history as visitors leafed through photo albums handled tools used by the area's first farmers.
Residents say despite advances in time and technology, the area still has its country charm. Historical society member Gail Blasius traces her family's roots back to the town's beginning. "I think what's stayed the same are the people," she said.
"It's just a wonderful community; I think we're special," Lawrence said.