Old Red Mill Museum in Jericho, Vermont: In Wilson Bentley’s Honor
During a vacation in New England, my husband and I drove to Jericho, Vermont to visit a museum honoring the town’s favorite son, Wilson Bentley, the man who discovered that no two snowflakes are alike.
In 1885, “Snowflake” Bentley was the first person to photograph a snowflake. He pioneered the art of photomicrography and spent most of his life taking photos of snowflakes — more than 5,000 in all.
The museum houses a portion of his work as well as some of his equipment, including the camera he used to photograph snowflakes.
The Old Red Mill that houses the museum, also known as Chittenden Mills, is worth the trip, too. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s a much-photographed attraction. In addition to the Bentley exhibits, it’s home to a milling museum, an art gallery and a craft shop.
Jericho is on State Highway 15, about 30 miles northeast of Burlington. From April through December, it’s open daily. It’s best to call first before visiting during wintertime. For details, call the Jericho Historical Society at 1-802-899-3225.