Brooks House

Brooks House

In November 1869 the St. Albans Weekly Messenger reported on the status of Brattleboro, a town that was about as far away from St. Albans as you could get and still be in Vermont. The paper was commenting on Brattleboro’s recent hard times. In October, a Whetstone Brook freshet had wiped out many of the businesses along the brook and in early November a fire had destroyed all of the businesses on the west side of Main Street between Elliot and High Streets.

Breweries

Breweries

C2H5OH: BANNED!
Prohibition came to New England much earlier than it did to much of the rest of the country. In 1851 Maine passed a law banning the sale of alcoholic beverages. By 1855 all New England states had adopted a version of the Maine law, including Vermont.

Torger Tokle

Torger Tokle

Intro The Babe Ruth of Ski JumpingIn February 1942 Torger Tokle retired the famed Harris Hill Winged Trophy for the first time by winning the Harris Hill ski jump three years in a row. Torger Tokle was a Ski Jumper originally from Norway who had emigrated to the...

John & Mary Carnahan

John & Mary Carnahan

On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, on the steps of the Vermont Capitol, John & Mary Carnahan were recognized by the Vermont Senate & House of Representatives for their many civic contributions to the Brattleboro community. MembershipJoin UsBrattleboro Historical...

West River Photo Gallery

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Wesselhoeft Water Cure

Wesselhoeft Water Cure

Dr. WesselhoeftIn the 1840’s one in five children born alive did not live to see their 1st birthday. The average life expectancy was less than 40 years. Many doctors bled their patients when they didn’t feel well and prescribed medicines that contained mercury and...

Plaque to correct Civil War record in Brattleboro

Plaque to correct Civil War record in Brattleboro

After eye-opening research from three local students and their teacher, the town will purchase and install a new plaque to recognize the number of Vermonters who served during the Civil War but were left out of official recognition on a monument because of racism and...