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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...

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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.

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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...

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Harris Hill

Harris Hill

In the beginning, the hill was 740 feet long. The landing space was 250 feet with a drop from the top to bottom of 284 feet. It was a big hill and it would get bigger.

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The Brattleboro Retreat

The Brattleboro Retreat

THE BRATTLEBORO RETREATThe Brattleboro Retreat The Brattleboro Retreat in 1844. Courtesy of the Brattleboro Historical Society.[/caption] Go north on Main Street through downtown Brattleboro, past the library and bubbling Wells Fountain, and you’ll crest the hill onto...

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The Latchis Hotel & Theater

The Latchis Hotel & Theater

THE LATCHIS HOTEL & THEATREThe Latchis Hotel & Theatre:   Downtown Brattleboro The Hotel The Latchis Hotel Theatre first opened in 1938, when the “Greco Deco” vision of the Latchis family was finally realized. Built by four brothers in honor of their...

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Wells Fountain

Wells Fountain

The IconWells Fountain, one of Brattleboro’s best-loved landmarks, stand proudly on the northern edge of its downtown shopping district. Designed in 1890 by Brattleboro architect William Rutherford Mead (cousin to President Rutherford B. Hayes) and funded by William...

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Indigenous Sites

Indigenous Sites

Since long before the advent of writing, right here in the Connecticut River Valley there have lived a people known as the Sokoki Abenaki (or, translated into English from the original Sokwakiak, “The People Who Separated”).

They are the original people of this place, and they are still here. Their native tongue, Aln8ba8dwaw8gan—the Western Abenaki language—is still extant, but greatly endangered.

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Mount Wantastiquet

Mount Wantastiquet

Foremost among Brattleboro’s many striking geographical features is Mount Wantastiquet. Rising some 1300 feet above sea level in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, the mountain looms over downtown Brattleboro from across the Kwenitekw/Connecticut River—a long, lush shoulder...

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The Valley Fair

The Valley Fair

https://soundcloud.com/bratthistoricalsoc/bhs-podcast-e12-this-week-in-brattleboro-history-by-joe-rivers?si=d06bfcbf9fb342188676fae623d86931  The Valley Fair in Brattleboro began in 1886.  It was held for one day in the 2nd week of October and had over 5000...

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Neighborhoods: Centreville

Neighborhoods: Centreville

NeighborhoodsCentreville1930Since 1860 The (Nearly) ForgottonCentreville is a nearly forgotten neighborhood located mainly on Western Avenue, the busy Vermont Deli thrives today in the heart of it. Extending along Western Avenue from approximately I-91, Exit 2 to the...

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