Haskell Free Library And Opera House
- Address: 93 Caswell Ave, Derby Line, VT 05830, USA, United States
- Tags: Library, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Opera House
The Haskell Free Library and Opera House is a historic building located on the international border in Rock Island. It has been declared as a heritage building by both Canada and the United States of America. It is often called as ‘the only library in the US with no books’ and ‘an opera house in the US with no stage’. The main entrance of this neoclassical building lies in Derby and the library and opera house come under the Stanstead area. A thick black line runs across the building that signifies the Canada-United States border.
Haskell Free Library And Opera House Reviews & Ratings
DO NOT COME ALONE if you are not bilingual. I was the only English speaker at the time I came, and the tour guide decided that he would spent most of his time with other French speakers, speaking, well, French. It is understandable why it was like that since there was a lot more French speakers than me, and others do deserve to be served, but it still sucks for me, since I effective got a tour in a language that I do not understand. DO NOT COME ALONE if you are not billingual, since you might just be ignored. Come as a group instead.
Library staff are friendly. The opera house has interesting history and kept well after more than 100 years! The only issue is with the google map route. If visiting from Canada, try searching Stanstead South United Church in google maps instead, which is two minutes away from the library and inside Canada. Otherwise the map may show the path that crosses US border.
Supper cool being Canada and The Under States at the same time.
Unique cross-border experience
It is not a place for tourists, nothing interesting to visit while it’s a very vulnerable location as it’s an International border which it doesn’t look like! I’ve strongly advised to not to be even close to that area. Better go more North and enjoy the beautiful locations around Magog or few kilometres go East and visit Lake Lyster with amazing view.