by Jerry Johnson/ Photos by Carolyn Bates
Vermont’s wild, beautiful Northeast Kingdom comprises three counties in the northeast corner of the state. This town of 1,100 people at the center of Orleans County has lots of history; it was founded in 1781 by Ira Allen and his wife, Jerusha Enos Allen; Ira and his brother Ethan Allen were Green Mountain Boys during the Revolution. For five decades, Irasburg was home to the award-winning novelist Howard Frank Mosher (1942–2017), whose stories are set in the Northeast Kingdom of the mid-20th century. Since 1952, the Irasburg Church Fair has taken place annually on the town common, its proceeds going to maintain the town’s historic 1839 Congregational church building, now the United Church.