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Haskel Free Library And Opera House
by Mary Grace Patterson
Thursday, June 05, 2008
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The Haskell Library and Opera House are on the US register of Historical Places.

The opera house opened on June 7 1904
and was built on the border between the United States and Canada. It was constructed of two foot thick gray granite walls by American sawmill owner,Carlos Haskell and his Canadian wife, Martha Stewart Haskell.

The Library book collection on the first floor and Opera stage on the second floor are located in Stanstead ,Canada.
The front door and second floor seats are in Derby line,Vt

A thick blue black line runs diagonially across the library reading room,and second floor opera seats marking an international boundry
between the two countries.

The library has a collection of over 20,000 books in French and English and is open to the public. Its staffed by Americans and Canadians.

The opera house on the second floor
seats about four hundred . It has three antique sets and a rare roll up curtain depicting scenes from Venice. The sets and curtain were painted by artist, Erwin Lamoss. The acousitics are perfect. Small cherubs grace ornate walls. Its beautiful!
Plays and musicials are presented in French and English during the year.

The Haskell family donated the building to the town of Derby Line Vt and RockIsland/ Stanstead Ca,in Mr Haskells memory.
Its run by an International board of Americans and Canadians.

We had the privliage to visit the Opera house/ library when we visited Vermont last fall. We were taken on a tour by a very knowledable lady and had a grand time.

I am recomending this as a place to visit if you are ever in the area.
Where else can one go and be in Canada and the US at the same time with out a passport!

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Reviewed by Chris Morey (Reader) 6/15/2008
Mary I live in VT and have not yet visited here. I will take both of my grandchildren there this summer.

Reviewed by Michael Guy 6/12/2008
Glad I finally read this! Also good that you put it in the poetry column where more will see it. I have heard of Derby Line, Vt. and I'm sure my sister has been there. I am going to ask her to ride up there with me this summer when I finally get up there if she has the time. Being a composer and musician I would love to see it and possibly even attend a performanc there. I'm printing this out to put in my suitcase (Hope you don't mind) To remind me....
Thank you so much MaryGrace and love and riches to YOU...michael
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/10/2008
Great poem, MaryGrace; enjoyed~

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by jude forese 6/9/2008
well written info-poem ...
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 6/7/2008

MaryGrace this is a wonderful story, thank you for sharing it with us. Continued blessings to you and take the best of care.


Reviewed by Barbara Smith 6/6/2008
MaryGrace, this is a lovely historic write...I loved to visit places as such and you've described this one well. A great write.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/6/2008
I love historic old buildings, and learning about historic places. Thanks for sharing your visit, MaryGrace. And it truly sounds like a place I would like to visit, too.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/6/2008
Never been there, MaryGrace, sounds neat! You took me there, if only in verse - well done, and thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/6/2008
A historical site,, nice to hear of places like this, I was in Vermont so many years ago,,, and remeber the beauty.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/6/2008
I enjoyed reading your historical account of the Haskell Library and Opera House. Sounds like a place worthy of a visit.
Reviewed by John Leko 6/6/2008
...this is a wonderful historical piece you give us MaryGrace...and very interesting this international boundary line...of US and Canada...perhaps to visit someday.
thank you...
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/5/2008
This sound fantastic and you are right where else can you visit Canada and the US at the same time. Thank you for sharing MaryGrace.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
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