Write a Letter to Your Ancestors

Trains replaced stagecoaches for mail delivery in Vermont by the mid 1800s. Rail service made delivering the mail quicker and cheaper. Through mail or telegrams, Vermonters kept in touch with their relatives who had left to serve in the Civil War or make their way out west. We know of at least 10 post offices in Vermont that operated in the train depot. In these instances, the postmaster often did triple duty, serving also as the station agent and telegraph agent.

Roll your mouse over the mail boxes below and click to explore some examples of Vermont letters.
Then write a letter to your ancestors in the guestbook below. How would you describe yourself?
What news would you share with them? Where do you think they lived?Mailslots

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Posted March 19, 2015 11:30 am


Hello to my ancestors. I want to say that our world has changed. Women have rights. African Americans are no longer slaves. I hope that the world in the 1800s is not too bad.
Have a good life,

Posted March 19, 2015 11:29 am

Phoebe Sarandopulous

Hello to my ancestors! I am your great granddaughter, Phoebe. I hope your trip from Greece was not to tough and you have a good life in America
Good luck,

Posted March 19, 2015 11:29 am

Shrek_The_Ogre aka ISA

I have no clue what your names are but I, just wanna tell you how I'm feeling, gotta make you understand. What level are you in clash of clans? What are your steam names? I am having a good time going to school at a school called Vermont Commons School and I live in Charlotte, Vermont. I also really like cheese. The future is full of lots of great things, in America, we now have things called computers that light up and give you cool info.

Stay gold,


Posted March 19, 2015 11:27 am


Dear ancestors,

It's me again, I'm 13 years old, and you are obviously dead. I go to Vermont Commons School, a private school in South Burlington. It's the best school in Vermont! We have things called Video Games, and they're great! There are all different kinds of them, and they are on a screen. Although, if you play too much, they rot your brain. Technology has really advanced in the past 15 years! You may have had a telephone before, but now we have cell phones! They are portable, and have to be charged about once every day. They have a cord that charges them and plugs into a wall. Cell phones can also get video games on them called applications, or apps for short. There are also big flat screens connected to keyboards (a modern typewriter), and they are called laptops. They are also charged the same way cell phones are. The date is still March 19, 2015.

Posted March 19, 2015 11:26 am


I hope you are well, I am 12 and 1/2 and am in 7th grade. The enviorment is not doing well adn we have a african-american president which is probobly unheared of in your time. Keep up the good work.

Posted March 19, 2015 11:26 am


Dear ansestor,

Nothing is to big here in vermont, we are having a very cold winter and you always have to bundle up. but no wars or anything. i hope you are having a good time in the past. enjoy it. the future sucks.

Your grandson, Milo

Posted March 19, 2015 11:22 am


I am Kent. I am 5'6" and have blond hair. I am a American boy, but I am also British. I love cars and swimming. The earth is in a bad place. Wars are raging in the Middle East, and nuclear war is a scare. Global Warming is a problem, and because we are burning so many fossil fuels. Computers are used everywhere.
See ya,

Posted March 19, 2015 11:22 am


Dear family,
Hi, in case you have forgotten my name, it is Tessa. Papa's store is still in business. Planting season will start soon and Papa will need all the help he can get so I will have to skip school. I hope all is well were you are. Please write back soon.

Your granddaughter

Posted March 19, 2015 11:21 am


Hello, ancestors.
Society went somewhere and fell in a great big hole.
We have so many new things.
Like the internet, which is good and bad. Mostly people fornicating on it. Pretty gross.
Bleh. We have new guns. and carbon offer. We went to space. And landed on the moon. The trick is you have to make a lot of stuff and realize there is no god. but that is beside the point. Hate to burst your bubble. Well, you probably have a farm to work on goodbye!

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