Brattleboro History

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Summer Day At West River Bridge, August 1886

Railroad Accident Photograph In Detail


Thomas St. John


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Ferdinand Tyler's Foundry In April 1869

Formerly Hines, Newman & Hunt Machine Shop In 1852

Sign Over Door Says Black-Smith

John Putnam's Island Toll House In Distance

Photograph Probably By David A. Henry

Pictorial History Of Brattleboro

Post cards, Daguerreotypes, Lithographs, Stereoscopes, Paintings


Links To Main Articles

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First Vermont Volunteers Camp At Brattleboro 1861

George Harper Houghton, Photographer, In Detail

Civil War Hospital presents extensive photographs and details Brattleboro life during the War of the Rebellion. Here are the barracks, the first winter's mutiny, the quinine in the soup, patient lists, the womens' soldier relief, and the military exhibition at the Town Hall.


Civil War Hospital

Officer Of The Guards Quarters, Chapel, Assistant Surgeons' Quarters

Corner Atwood And Sunny Acres, High School Grounds

Also the accidents, the pest house, the backgammon board, the medicinal cherry rum brandy recipe, the postal service, the chapel, the library, the sword presentation to the surgeons, drawings, maps, soldiers' and officers' records and speeches, the Invalid Corps on the Common on the long wooden benches, and the great achievements on "Hospital Hill".


Seth Smith's House, From The West

Seth Smith's House describes the familiar landmark on Western Avenue, now possibly threatened---and the Smith grist mill, and the first road and bridge across the Whetstone Brook there. Seth Smith was a Minute Man during the Revolution and a Yorkist afterwards. Ethan Allen came this way.

Seth Smith's niece was Chloe Smith, Mrs. Rutherford Hayes, the grandmother of President Rutherford Birchard Hayes. Seth Smith's grandson was Jedediah Smith, the famed mountain man and explorer in the West, who was killed by Comanche lances on May 27, 1831.

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Map of Fort Dummer Site By William St. John

Showing Farms, Brooks, Roads, Walls, Fences

Land Records Citations

The Fort Dummer Site is a wonderful introduction to how the Fort Dummer area has looked and changed over the years.

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Colonel John Hunt Farm, Cotton Mill Hill, Simon Brooks Farm

View From New Hampshire Across Connecticut River


Levi Goodenough Farm

The Levi Goodenough Farm is an architectural treasure on the Goodenough Road in West Brattleboro, built in 1783, and never wired for electricity. Rev. Hosea Ballou, 2d preached sermons in its large attic for the early Brattleboro Universalists. The writer H. P. Lovecraft visited Arthur H. Goodenough there during 1927-1928 and his house was the setting for the classic horror tale "The Whisperer in Darkness".


Engd by Thos. Chubbuck, Bratto

The Brattleboro Stamp describes Dr. Frederick N. Palmer---music teacher, dentist, bookseller, and Brattleboro postmaster, who invented the famous 1846 provisional stamp, and finally, a life-long homeopathic physician.

The scores for five waltzes and one rollicking polka that Frederick N. Palmer composed in Brattleboro, and published in Boston in 1844 are presented here as originally published, and soon orchestrations for piano, organ, and five-piece band will be available, complete with scores and notes, from Lin Barrell of Illinois---

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Polka #6 Score For Piano

Courtesy Of Lin Barrell

William A. Conant Violins concerns the violin maker, master craftsman who lived on Canal Street for so long at his labor, who was taught first by cabinetmaker Anthony Van Doorn, then by John Woodbury, and finally praised by the great Remini, concert violinist. Learn more about William Conant violins and cellos.


Woodbury Cello

John Woodbury Violins describes the craftsman of the bass, double bass viols, and violins in Brattleboro, who instructed the young William A. Conant.

Richard Wagner's Estey Organ has rarely seen engraving insets showing the Estey Organ Company in the centennial year 1876, when Estey shipped a custom-made organ to the Bayreuth composer for his Ring of the Nibelungen cycle.

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Woman In Black At Monument To James Fisk, Jr.

Brattleboro Epitaphs is a collection of over two hundred epitaphs, with their inscriptions, and photographs from the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Locust Ridge, Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, Glen Street (Old Village), and the Mather Street cemeteries.

Our stonecutters are Ebenezer Soule, Sr. and his son Ivory Soule from Hinsdale, New Hampshire, Henry Ide and George H. Ide, John and Henry Locke, Ebenezer Janes, Stephen Risley, Jr., and Nathaniel Kittredge.

All the inscriptions here are recorded accurately for the first time---the spellings, the precise lining, the chiselling errors, and the superscripts, as, Feby, Esqr, Daur, and ye & the inevitable yt---

In Memory of Mrs
Susanna Butterfield the wife
of Benjamin Butterfield Esqr
She Departed this life Novemr
Ye 29 1776 in the 48th
Year of her Age --
She was born in Sept ye 22d 1729


Winifred Hadley was a well-liked young seamstress who died at age seventeen, of typhoid fever, while attending school in Boston. The Brattleboro monument depicts her sitting pensively over her piecework.

Stephen Risley's Tombstones concerns the stonecutter who came from East Hartford, Connecticut in 1806 with his wife Polly, to conduct an engraving shop on the Turnpike (Western Avenue) at the corner by the North and South Mill-Road (Meadowbrook Road).

The Lost Cemetery On High Street is the account of the 1891 discovery of the abandoned burying ground for the Church and Whipple families.

The Brattleboro Retreat Cemetery gives the story of Sarah Culy, who died in 1854 after composing an epitaph based upon the Book of Job for chiselling into her rare soapstone gravestone, which has now been destroyed. The gravestone is here for Pvt. Henry C. Dawson, 10th Vermont Infantry, who died in 1906.


The Old Brick Row And The American House In 1907

William Fessenden's Brattleboro Bookstore And Circulating Library follows the large two-and-a-half story brick building from its erection in 1810 on Main Street just north of the former Stephen Greenleaf homestead site and the American House, through its years as the "Brick Row" with its prominent merchant tenants, to its last days as the "Salisbury Block" and its destruction in April 1924. Thomas Chubbuck's March 1848 engraving of the Brick Row is here.

Mammoth Tusk took three weeks of research to prove the location of the discovery in September 1865 on what is now called Solar Hill or Harris Hill. The "smoking gun" was a reference in the land records to "Blake's pasture", and the presence of white quartz intrusions in the blue limestone on the site north of Western Avenue.


Gen. John Wolcott Phelps

Jason W. Prouty Cabinet Card

Gen. John Wolcott Phelps can make any historian ponder "the strange mutability of human affairs". An immensely likable, and equally influential man, John W. Phelps lived in a Greek Revival house, one door north from the High School, which he called "The Lindens".

John Phelps sold "The Lindens" on July 13, 1882 to School District No. 2, and it then served as the Intermediate school for eighty or ninety students until it was removed, beginning in May 1884---lock, stock, and barrel---to where it stands today on the south side of Grove Street. Henry Burnham purchased the main parts of the old high school and set them down for a tenement, along the north side of Grove Street.

Rev. Jedediah Stark, the long-time serving pastor for the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro, spoke with his congregation throughout the 1820's. His entirely forgotten history of the early settlement of Brattleboro begins in 1768 with the description of an Indian dance ring, poles, and fireplaces at a location near Cedar Street.

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Wantastiquet History And Mine Mountain shows many new sides to that old rocky eminence across the Connecticut River. The furious mash-fed boar that escaped from the Thomas farm out the Putney road that gave the name to the mountain's cascading Hog Brook. The description of Wantastiquet in the summer of 1827 by Temperance Tidy, the seventh daughter of an early settler.

Rattlesnakes On Wantastiquet presents the reptiles and their rocks and rattles and oil for medicinal application, and Charles C. Frost's discourse on Chesterfield Mountain.


Brattleboro Reporter February 25. 1803

The John Thomas Farm lay along the Putney Road south from Black Mountain Road. Good English malt brewed here two hundred years ago.

The Rutherford Hayes Tavern, is in West Brattleboro at the old road to Marlboro, with mine hostess Chloe Smith Hayes and Polly her daughter.


West River Road

Photograph 1911 By Porter C. Thayer

Used By Permission From Porter Thayer Collection - University Of Vermont

East Village Society Law Suit is a letter written by a legal authority for the March 29, 1834 Independent Inquirer newspaper, detailing the four Vermont Supreme Court precedents which were brought against the Church on the Common---removing completely and forever all church claim to the Brattleboro Common.


Dentist Sign, Irritated Horse

Reminiscences is Henry Burnham's series of twelver articles published in the Vermont Phoenix starting in March 1866. These articles are half way between Burnham's first lecture in February 1858 for the benefit of the Episcopal Church fund, and his final lively book, "Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont. Early History, with Biographical Sketches of some of its Citizens" (Brattleboro: Published By D. Leonard, 1880).

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After The Connecticut River Flood In 1869

John L. Putnam's Toll House

The Abigail White Whipping concerns the most famous incident in Newfane, Vermont history. From the Newfane Hill gaol, she was taken to the whipping post in August 1808. Less known is the fact that sympathetic local women, including the Windham County Sheriff's wife, helped to literally "save her skin", despite Abigail's passing counterfeit money for the Stephen Trask gang out of Keene, New Hampshire.

The Rev. William Wells Farm is described in detail by a traveller passing by in 1796. The house was built by Colonel Samuel Wells in 1773. It later served as a summer lodging for the Brattleboro Retreat's women patients.

Connecticut River Bridge 1804 gathers the scattered sources that describe the first bridge from Brattleboro across to Hinsdale, and its disastrous dedication ceremony, and its speechifying local magnates.


Service For Abraham Lincoln is the complete text for the highly-charged, lyrical service given at the Centre Congregational Church by Rev. George Palmer Tyler for the fallen President, along with articles that describe the cannon-fire, and how Brattleboro looked in mourning that April 1865.

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Centre Congregational Church


The Brooks Library 1905

Brattleboro Black History

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Charles H. Eddy, Grocery, Flat Street, June 1906 Advertisement

Orion Clark was the popular long-time barber in Elliot Street, and also an entrepreneur.

Black History In Brattleboro is Anne Dempsey's "Special to the Reformer" series in six parts during February 1994. Here are the forgotten black residents---the first black landowner, fugitive slaves, barbers, the women, the soldiers. There is an array of enjoyable research here.

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Frost Mansion On Flat Street

Charles C. Frost's Shoemaker's Shop And Slave Safe House

Fugitive Slaves On Flat Street concerns the only reliably documented station on the Underground Railroad in Brattleboro. Charles C. Frost sheltered roughly forty fugitive slaves at his house and shoe shop on the south side of Flat Street, successfully concealing his activity even from friends for two decades.


Vermont Record And Farmer, October 14, 1868.

John G. Sugland worked in Brattleboro as a woodcutter along the railroad tracks after serving with the Massachusetts 54th Infantry (Colored) in the Civil War, helping Gen. William T. Sherman's march through South Carolina. Private Sugland's letter written on May 20, 1864 from Charleston, South Carolina to Addison Whithead in Vernon, Vermont is here.

Jacob Cartledge escaped on the Underground Railroad from cruelty in Georgia, then enlisted for three years as a private in the 43rd Pennsylvania Regiment. Jake came to Brattleboro in 1879, chopped wood, and worked for the Barrows Coal Company.


Vermont Record And Farmer, May 27, 1870.

"There are few men on the street who will not miss his ready hands and ready wit."

Vermont Phoenix, June 22, 1877.

Andrew Johnson Reed met Col. John S. Tyler and Assistant Surgeon George F. Gale of Brattleboro in Virginia.

Alexander And Sally Turner established his Journey's End homestead after escaping from the Virginia plantation of John Gouldin, serving in the First New Jersey Cavalry as assistant cook and hospital orderly, and raising his great family in Grafton.

Elliot Street Chapel Riot 1837 concerns the disruptions at the Church on the Common chapel which was built three years before, and now stands on Spring Street.


Vermont Phoenix, May 28, 1869.


Additional Brattleboro Links

Brattleboro Photographers

John Woodbury Violins

Jason Bushnell's Museum

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West River Bridge, Walk Your Horses

Mammoth Tusk Discovered 1865

William A. Conant Violins

Centennial Antiques Show 1876

The First Ballot Box 1759

John Sargeant Family Bible 1752

Cardiff Giant In Revere House 1871

Town Hall Antique Show 1857

Joshua Davis Powder Horn 1776

Valley Fair Antiques Show 1890

Fairbank Moore Powder Horn 1777

Robert Pender's Indian Hatchet


Photograph By George Harper Houghton In Autumn 1866

Stephen Risley, Tombstones

Meeting House Hill Cemetery 1880


Elizabeth Amanda Miner And Dr. Charles L. Smith

Soldiers' Cemetery On Prospect Hill

Lost Cemetery On High Street Hill

John Noyes Mead 1850

John W. Phelps Visits Meeting House Hill

Winifred Hadley 1884

Dr. John Wilson Gravestone 1847

Moses Platts Drowns 1816

Prospect Hill Cemetery 1840

Prospect Hill Cemetery 1844

Sarah Culy In Asylum Cemetery 1854


C. Barnard's Map No. 5 For The United States Army Corps Of Engineers 1830

Service For Abraham Lincoln 1865

Church On The Common 1816

Thanksgiving Sermon 1844

First Meeting House 1768

First Catholic Church 1855

Church On The Common 1832

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Edward Crosby's Flour Mill In Summer 1857

New Connecticut River Bridge Partly Built

Robert Pender's Fort On Wantastiquet Peak

Rev. Thomas P. Tyler Christmas Sermon 1876

Dr. William Wells Drowning Sermon 1797

Rev. William Wells Farm 1796

Church Loses The Common

John Wolcott Phelps On Connecticut River Fog

Fort Dummer Letter 1745

Connecticut River Bridge 1804

Connecticut River Forts

Wantastiquet "Volcano", Mine Mountain

Old Covered Bridge 1903

Boat Club 1860

Connecticut River Flatboat 1814

Steamboat "Greenfield" Explosion 1840


John Douglas Woodward

Drawing For Boxwood Block Engraving 1873

Fred C. Leitsinger's Cornet Boys' Band

John Holbrook's Witch Stairs

July The Fourth Celebrations

Dr. Frederick N. Palmer's Brattleboro Stamp

Old Mother Honeywell

Major Henry Smith 1845

Elliot Street Arson Fire 1886

Masquerade Ball 1887

An Evening In Brattleboro 1874

Meteor Shower 1833

Meteor Over Connecticut River 1860

Irish Flag 1873

Brooks House Party 1896

Thomas Stores 1815

Printer's Devil 1834

Raphael Tapestry 1843

"Lindenhurst" In 1890

The Harp in the Wall 1851

Richard Wagner's Estey Organ

Stella Brazzi

H. M. S. Pinafore 1879

Seth Smith's House

Rev. Jedediah L. Stark

Brattleboro East Village 1753--1795

Enoch Jacobs' Marlboro History 1879

Major John Arms 1762

Stephen Greenleaf's Village 1836

Stephen Greenleaf Senior's Lands

Thomas Brattle 1722

Samuel Wells Land Deed 1770

Town Meeting 1768

Town Meeting Halls

Early Times In Brattleboro

Daniel Whipple, Vermont Census 1771

Early Town Records 1768

Ebenezer Fisher Arrested 1769

Samuel Elliot On Newfane Hill

The Goodenough Farm

John Thomas Farm 1798

Rev. William Wells Farm 1796

Cold Spring

Albert Bennet, His Farm 1839

Clark Rice Farm 1848

Ginseng Hill 1902

Samuel Briggs 1798

Stephen Greenleaf's Toast 1821

Josiah Arms West River Farm 1804


North Main Street Area, May 1856

Central School, John Wolcott Phelps House, Ferdinand Tyler House

General John W. Phelps "The Lindens"

Samuel Wells House 1773

Seth Smith's House On Western Avenue

The Elliot Street Chapel

Granite Block, Main Street

Jason Bushnell's Museum

"Lindenhurst" In 1890

Dr. John Wilson's House In Newfane

Journey's End


The Old Brooks Library

Dr. Wesselhoeft in "Rappaccini's Daughter"

Judge Royall Tyler in The House of the Seven Gables

Una Hawthorne in Brown's Woods 1868

Henry Burnham "Reminicences" 1866

Helen Hunt Jackson's Sojourn 1865

Rudyard Kipling Memory 1894

Davis Brown "Newfane Hermit" 1872

Louisa Higginson's Railroad Song 1849

Henry David Thoreau's Panther 1856

Emily Dickinson Daguerreotype 1848

Indian-Hating In "The Wizard Of Oz"


January 1872 Advertisement

George Houghton's Main Street Photograph

Steen's Corner

The Lottery 1827

Granite Block 1840

East Village Common

Edward Crosby Block 1873

Brattleboro House Arson Fire 1869

Anthony Van Doorn House Fire 1848

Ryther's Arcade 1884

Billiard Saloon 1860

John W. Blake Mansion

Main Street 1854

Cannon On The Common 1899

Squabble Hollow 1850

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"History and Description of New England: Vermont"

Austin Jacobs Coolidge and John Brainard Mansfield

Boston: Austin J. Coolidge, 39 Court Street, Press of Geo. C. Rand, 1860.

Arms, Clark & Company 1809

Wesselhoeft Water Cure 1847

Dr. John Wilson's Remedy

Elliot Street Smallpox 1848

Dr. Daniel Gilbert 1846

Brattleboro Retreat X-Ray 1899

Dr. Arms D. Putnam

Dr. John Wilson 1835

Dr. John Wilson's House In Newfane


Dr. George Frederick Gale

The Valley Mill, Bridge Street

Charles L. Gunzinger, Artist

Orion Clark, Elliot Street Barber

William Stow, Hatter

Charles Thompson's Recollections

James Fisk Procession 1858

James H. Capen Telegraph 1851

Brattleboro In 1824

Jacob Estey's Lead Pipes 1835

Arch Street Water Wheel 1840

Village Business Directory 1833

Rufus Pratt Meat Market 1844

West Brattleboro 1870

Franklin H. Wheeler's Reminicences

Horse Railroad 1828

John Gore Steam Wagon 1837

John Burnham Brass Foundry

Seth Wells Cheney, John Cheney

Old Shoe Peg Factory

Caleb Lysander Howe

Harmony Lot

Jonas Putnam

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James Capen House At Left, Prospect Hill Cemetery, 1860 Engraving

Willard H. Alexander

Annie L. Grout

Anne Dempsey's Black History In Brattleboro

Abigail White Whipped 1808

Otis H. Cooley Daguerreotype 1847

Eliphaz "Old Blind" Johnson

Old Jimmie Barnes and Sukie

Old Jimmie Barnes' Tale 1834

Charles Kellogg Wood, Circus Horseman

Elizabeth Amanda Miner And Dr. Charles L. Smith

Flora M. Sargent 1895

Gertrude Lucy Miller 1907

Dummerston Courtship 1824

Myra Morgan 1903

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Nathan B. Williston's House On Main Street

Drawing By Henry E. Brewster, April 30, 1850

Tribute To Thomas Judge

Frank Van Doorn

William Gould

Henry E. Brewster Diary 1851

Edward Gould


Hall's Long Building

Rattlesnakes On Wantastiquet

Asa Knight Store 1840

Peregrine Falcon 1858

Dover's Bear Story 1908

Hydrophobia 1847

Horses On Main Street 1891

Pike Fishing 1848

Early School Districts

Round Schoolhouse 1822

County Road Schoolhouse 1793

District No. 7 Schoolhouse

West Brattleboro Society

Alexander And Sally Turner

Buffalo Soldiers In Brattleboro 1912

Jacob Cartledge

Fugitive Slaves On Flat Street

Elliot Street Chapel Riot 1837

Andrew Johnson Reed

Samuel B. Wells Recollects Anti-Slavery 1889

John G. Sugland, 54th Massachusetts Infantry (Colored)

"Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God"


Theodore H. Taylor's Drug-Hardware-Grocery Store

Hall's Long Building 1849

Formerly The Post Office

Rutherford Hayes Tavern 1796

Old Footpaths In The Village 1850

Jonathan Dunklee's County Road

Elm Street Covered Bridge 1873

Brattleboro House 1870

West Brattleboro Common 1785

Old Stagecoach Days

Ancient Highway Surveys

William Harris' Footpads 1817

West Dover, Vermont

Anthony Jones Hotel On Newfane Hill

Vermont House

General John Wolcott Phelps

Capt. Dennie W. Farr, 4th Vermont Regiment

John G. Sugland, 54th Massachusetts Infantry (Colored)

Civil War Hospital

Civil War Fiddle 1864

Green Mountain Boys 1775

Brattleboro Light Infantry

Samuel Moore Letter 1810

Samuel Elliot Opposes War 1813

Converting The Copperheads 1861

Daniel B. Stedman Civil War Letters

Camp Holbrook 1862

Private John Wheeler

Stephen Greenleaf's War Pension 1838

Gettysburg Battlefield Fence Rails

Peter S. Chase In The Wilderness

Capt. Robert B. Arms Letter Home July 5, 1863


Thomas St. John

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne created two famous literary villains, both modelled upon two very prominent men resident in Brattleboro, Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft and more importantly, Judge Royall Tyler.

Links to

Nathaniel Hawthorne On Beacon Hill contains an account of the corrupt Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, based upon Judge Royall Tyler, in "The House of the Seven Gables"---Hawthorne's literary reconciliation of crimes committed against his wife Sophia's family.

Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft became the evil figure in the tale "Rappaccini's Daughter" because Hawthorne considered him to be a villain, following an excessively invasive treatment of his wife Sophia. William Wesselhoeft, the hydropath's brother, was the Hawthorne family doctor.

Elizabeth Hunt Palmer, who lived and died here in Brattleboro with her daughter Mary Palmer Tyler, was the model for Nathaniel Hawthorne's character Hepzibah Pyncheon in The House of the Seven Gables.

Una Hawthorne in Brown's Woods recalls Una's visit here in May, 1868, when she was engaged to Storrow Higginson. Una's letter to Storrow is a botanical description of the Rev. Addison Brown's Woods, from Chase Street to the Chestnut Hill pond---following in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau's walk here in 1856.

Hawthorne And Melville is another fine chapter from "Nathaniel Hawthorne: Studies in The House of the Seven Gables".


Dr. John Wilson

T. Covil Daguerreotype About 1842

Owned By Amasa Buckman

Kept Faced Toward A Wall

Dr. John Wilson, Captain Thunderbolt contains research about the reformed highwayman called Captain Thunderbolt, who had a L500 price on his head in Great Britain in the starvation year 1816.

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Folding Abscess Lancet, Foreign Body Eye Spud, Spectacles

Horn Shield Fleam, Tweezers-Ear Scoop, Reading Or Surgical Glass

Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God is the title of the famous execution and hellfire sermon by the Rev. Jonathan Edwards---his response to the particularly lurid, prolonged, and violent events against the slaves in colonial New York throughout the summer of 1741. Several prominent New York men who were active in "the New Yok Negro Riots" were also involved in the land development that became Brattleboro.



Nathan B. Williston's House

Drawn By Henry E. Brewster On Tuesday, April 30th, 1850

One Door North Of The Williston Stone Building

Main Street, East Side, Looking North-West

The Henry E. Brewster Diary was generously contributed to this website by Tom Hoffman. Henry Brewster was the adopted nephew of Caroline Brewster, Mrs. Nathan Birdseye Williston. The Diary describes Brattleboro during 1850-1851 from the view of an active and alert youngster.


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Brattleboro Historians

Credit is required for the real historians of Brattleboro, for those who did the real work and research, that their names may not be entirely forsaken by residential heirs. This list is partial, and mindful for those not present---

James Henry Elliot
William Henry Wells
Henry Burnham
Dr. James Conland

Maj. Frederick W. Childs
Abby Estey Fuller
Henry M. Burt
Hon. Hoyt Henry Wheeler

Joseph Steen, Esq.
Stephen Greenleaf, Jr.
Hon. James Elliot
Charles Kellogg Field, Esq.

Gen. John Wolcott Phelps
Rev. Joseph Chandler
Rev. James Eastwood
Harry R. Lawrence

Charles C. Frost
Hon. James M. Tyler
Charles F. Thompson
Rev. Nathaniel Mighill

Col. William Austine
Gov. Levi K. Fuller
William H. Bigelow
Larkin G. Mead, Esq.

Grace Bailey Dunklee
Charles R. Crosby
Rev. Harry R. Miles
Mary Palmer Tyler

Rev. Charles O. Day
Franklin H. Wheeler
Dr. Joseph Draper
Starr Willard Cutting

Rev. Addison Brown
Gov. Frederick C. Holbrook
William E. Ryther
Hon. Kittredge Haskins

Daniel B. Stedman
Charles E. Crane
Rev. Lewis Grout
Hamilton B. Childs

Hon. Broughton Davis Harris
Charles N. Davenport
Timothy Vinton
Annie L. Grout

Rev. John C. Holbrook
Daniel Stewart Pratt
Rev. Hosea Beckley
Rev. Frank T. Pomeroy

Benjamin Hall
Rev. George Leon Walker
Thomas C. Mann
Samuel Storrow Higginson

Lafayette Clark
















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