News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Ralph Farnsworth of New Haven admits he is a pack rat, said the Addison County Independent. He has now opened a museum in his 5,600-square-foot milking barn where the public can view the antiques, such as tractors, gas pumps, cash registers, and a jukebox. Several of the displays are grouped by room including a general store with cans and milkshake makers, another houses 90 Edison phonographs and records, and household items like vacuum cleaners and irons. Ralph attributes his collection obsession to his father and grandparents who lived through the Great Depression and never threw away anything – a habit that stuck. The museum is open by appointment by calling Ralph at 802-453-2275. “You just don’t see this stuff anymore,” Ralph said. I guess that says it all.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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