Brian Boland’s Museum of Rusty Dusty Stuff, Post Mills, VT
Brian Boland owns the Post Mills Airport in tiny Post Mills, Vermont. The airport is best known for its hot air balloons that gently waft over towns in the Upper Valley region of the Connecticut River, and also as the home to several small aircraft, including gliders.
Lesser known is Boland’s penchant for collecting major amounts of stuff, from rusty old cars, motorbikes, and abandoned firetrucks to ancient creepy dentist equipment that makes your teeth hurt simply by looking at it. He houses his treasures in an airy multi-story building that he calls his Balloon Museum, but others call it Brian’s Museum of Rusty Dusty Stuff. His displays are creative in their execution, some totally chaotic and others neatly arranged. Much of it has a balloon-related story, although some things are far from conventional ballooning material, like a minibus made into a hot air balloon “basket.” To say his collection is eclectic is putting it mildly. Extremely mildly. One can never see it all on a single trip. There’s too much hanging overhead and hidden deep in the recesses of the large, sunlit building.
Where does it all come from? Much of it was spotted from the air while ballooning over the countryside. Apparently all seven of his firetrucks were discovered that way.
Oh, and the other thing you might want to check out while there is the Vermontasaurus, a 122-foot Boland creation made of scrapwood. There’s even a baby ‘Saurus nearby. No one can say Brian Boland isn’t creative.
Post Mills Airport
104 Robinson Hill Rd.
Thetford, Vermont 05058