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In 2015 the historical society received a package in the mail from a family in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The passing of one generation had caused the next generation to sort through boxes of “Dad’s stuff”. In one of the boxes were Brattleboro-related items that the family decided to donate to our organization. One of the items was William Whipple…
 
In the late 1970’s a section of the south side of Elliot Street was purchased by the town in order to build a small park. The park was part of a larger Elliot Street re-vitalization project that was funded through federal grants secured by the Brattleboro Community Development Office. Here's the story...…
 
Governor Holbrook served as Governor for 2 years during the Civil War. He lived on Walnut Street, used the Brattleboro House for his executive offices and rented space in the American House for official correspondence, (the telegraph office was in the American House). He believed he had a warm, influential relationship with Abraham Lincoln...here's…
 
One hundred and sixty years ago the United States was in a major battle for its soul. The Civil War was a little over a year old and it was clear there would be no easy resolution. In 1861 Brattleboro's Frederick Holbrook was elected Vt. Governor. This begins his story...Por Brattleboro Historical Society
 
The historical society accepts donations of local items of historical significance. These items are catalogued and stored in AB boxes. The AB is short for Artifact Box. This past weekend; while placing a newly donated item into an AB box for medals, pins, jewelry and other small artifacts, we decided to share stories attached to some of the items i…
 
Have you ever played the 1990's game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? In this edition we play a modified version known as Six Degrees of Fairbanks Moore. Moore was the first English colonizer to settle along the West River in the 1750's and we trace an early 1900's Harness Maker's sign to him in six steps...…
 
In 1869 two days of heavy rain throughout New England caused floods along tributaries of major NE rivers and lakes. Water power was the main source of energy for factories and mills. A great deal of destruction and loss of life resulted from these freshets. This is the story of two families facing the consequences of a natural disaster...…
 
In 1922 Charles Crane was commissioned to produce a series of booklets called, “With Interest”. These little booklets were put out every few months and were chock full of information and photos about Brattleboro and surrounding towns. The topics were diverse and included subjects like schools, railroads and local trees. The booklets were sponsored …
 
Dr. O'Connor played major league baseball for a short time but achieved two distinct statistics that will keep him in the record books for a long time. This is part 1 of a two part story explaining how he lived in Brattleboro for less than a decade but had a lasting impact on the community...Por Brattleboro Historical Society
 
Next Saturday, August 6, the park east of the railroad station with be transformed into “RiverFest Village”. It will be part of a broad offering of free family-friendly activities that will take place on both sides of the river. The historical society will be there to celebrate the history of the Connecticut River. An overview of the day and a litt…
 
In 1949 the Brattleboro Maples semi-pro baseball team won the Northern League pennant. It was a team made up of major league "has-beens" and "never-weres". On the last day of the 70 game season they won the league by a few percentage points over the rival Montpelier team. Here's the story...Por Brattleboro Historical Society
 
In 1920 a large portion of the Bradley farm north of the West River was purchased by the Windham County Cooperative Milk Producers Association. The Milk Producers Association purchased the 75 acre property and planned to build a milk plant on the sight. The milk plant was a cooperative effort of the dairy farmers in the area. Originally, 115 farmer…
 
In 2020 three middle school activists visited with the Town Manager to discuss the Civil War Soldiers' Monument. In 2022 a corrective bronze tablet will be added to the site to present a more comprehensive representation of those who fought and died for Brattleboro during the Civil War. Here's the story...…
 
Henry and Janet Schroeder moved to Ginseng Hill in West Brattleboro in the 1950’s. He was an accomplished scientific researcher and she was an accomplished sculptor. By happenstance a litter of rats at the Schroeder laboratory would help change the world of science. Here's the story...Por Brattleboro Historical Society
 
1900 Valley Fair in Brattleboro...30 year old Jessie Tarbox Beals took photos for the Vermont Phoenix and the Windham County Reformer. The Reformer published her name with the photos and, according to photography historian Alexander Alland, Sr., Beals became the first recognized female photojournalist in the United States. This is the story...…
 
In 1955 the Clark Farm was purchased in order to secure a spot for the Living Memorial Park. A plan for the development of the 53 acre recreation area off Guilford Street progressed through the year. The Recreation Board stressed the need for a swimming pool as soon as possible, as “the present facility at the West River is unreliable, uneconomical…
 
How does a Russian astronomer name an asteroid after a Brattleboro native? Why is a crater on the far side of the moon named after the same man? Listen to the story of how Edwin B Frost became a leading astrophysicist in the last century...Por Brattleboro Historical Society
 
St. Michael's Episcopal Church was moved from Main Street and relocated to the corner of Putney Road and Bradley Avenue. A Woolworth's went onto the lot, which was later replaced by a Key Bank. This is the story of the church's beginnings and its move along Main Street...researched by BAMS student Bibi Johnson.…
 
This is Brattleboro High School’s 190th year. The school began in 1831 and was incorporated by the Vermont Legislature in November, 1832. It was originally a private enterprise led by prominent community members John Holbrook and John Dickerman. The establishment of a public high school evolved with time and the changing needs of the community...…
 
In the 1930's and 40's "ski trains" and buses traveled to Brattleboro from all over New England to experience the outdoor sports community...snowshoe hikes up Mt. Wantastiquet during a full moon, tobogganing down Round Mountain, ski jumping at Cedar Street and skiing at the Guilford Street ski tow were some of the attractions...…
 
The story begins in 1793 when Lucy Goodell was born in Brattleboro. In 1812, while living in Marlboro, Vt., she married Harrison Blake. Over the next eight years they would produce five children who were born in Brattleboro, Marlboro and Newfane. By 1821 the family moved to Salem, New York, and during their first winter away from home they attempte…
 
January, 1896 local paper quotation, "One of the largest and most elegant parties given in Brattleboro in a long time occurred at the Brooks House Wednesday evening…A company of 125 was present, and many extremely rich and handsome toilets were worn.” Here's the story of Brattleboro toilets...Por Brattleboro Historical Society
 
Susannah Bradshaw grew up in Brattleboro in the 1820's and 30's. She was African American and her parents arranged for her to attend a boarding school to gain a first-rate education. At the same time, Ona Judge was an African American living in New Hampshire as an escaped slave of the Washington family. Ona Judge had run away from the President's H…
 
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