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It was a dark and stormy night in 1899 when the spirit of John Hubbard, embattled founder of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, shed its mortal coil forever. Now buried in the Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier and guarded by the “Black Agnes” memorial (widely understood to be haunted), John Hubbard had been involved in a years-long conflict over the disputed inheritance from his aunt, Fanny Hubbard Kellogg, and uncle, Martin M. Kellogg. Some say the strain of the bitter legal and community battle over the money, earmarked for the building of a new library, led directly to his death on that fateful night when, “great trees swayed and housed trembled.”


Any of this information can be found in the Vermont History article, “Dying Well in Montpelier: The Story of the Hubbard Memorial” by Cynthia Mills.


What people don’t know is that John Hubbard left behind that night a valuable item that has recently gone missing.

Our questions to you are: what is it, and who took it?


Come help us find out on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th for the Larceny at the Library! event. Individuals, families, and groups of up to six people are invited to move through the library meeting Halloween characters and solving riddles. Prizes for the team who successfully completes their game card with the fastest time and for the team with the best costumes.  This event is open to all ages but parents and guardians should know that there are spooky elements (no one is jumping out at you, though).


Register in advance by contacting Austin at 802-595-1346 or or Michelle at


Donations are appreciated but not required. DONATE HERE!


This is an in-person event at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in collaboration with The Greatest Caper in Montpelier. The library is an accessible building. Contact Michelle Singer at with questions.

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