Steamboats and Connecticut River

Steamboats and Connecticut River

Gravestone epitaphs have led us on interesting journeys. At Prospect Hill Cemetery there is a stone that overlooks the Connecticut River. Carved on one side is the following; “The grave of Alanson D. Wood, who was killed instantly on this river by the explosion of the Steamboat Greenfield, May 18, 1840, age 30.”

Soldiers’ Monument Tablet on Juneteenth

Soldiers’ Monument Tablet on Juneteenth

On June 19, 2022 the town of Brattleboro unveiled a corrective and interpretative tablet that was placed next to the Civil War Soldiers' Monument.  A town committee crafted the text of the tablet and the Select Board approved the new installation and funding for the...

The Bradshaw’s

The Bradshaw’s

What was it like to be a young African American family settling into 1820’s Brattleboro?  In 1823 a young couple in their twenties, with a small child, moved to Brattleboro from Massachusetts.   Andrew and Phoebe Bradshaw rented a building on Main Street to begin...

Hinsdale Bridge

Hinsdale Bridge

Saturday, March 28, 1920 the Hinsdale Bridge between Brattleboro and Island Park collapsed into the Connecticut River.  The winter had produced a great deal of snow, a warm spell caused a quick melt, and eight to ten inches of ice were still on the river.  The...

Brattleboro’s burgeoning ski industry

Brattleboro’s burgeoning ski industry

Brattleboro's Burgeoning Ski IndustryIn 1935 Brattleboro was well-known in the burgeoning New England skiing community. The annual Brattleboro Outing Club ski jump attracted thousands of people to the area every year. New Englanders came to Brattleboro all winter to...