Early Settlement

Samuel Wells House 1773 Rev. William Wells Farm 1794 Burnside Military School 1860 Burnside Military School Buildings A Hospital Home - Map 1897 Along Upper Dummerston Road Near Present Whitney Place Samuel Wells House Summer Retreat Samuel Wells House, Circa 1905 Samuel Wells House Linden Lodge 1915 _____________________________________________________________________________ New Hampshire Surveyor-General Samuel Holland's 1774 Map The future Upper Dummerston Road apparently ends at Col. Samuel Wells' house and the...
Seth Smith's House, From The West Seth Smith arrived in Brattleboro with his family in 1774, and he most likely then built this classic Cape Cod style house along the lane that later became the county road, and still later, Western Avenue. This road was surveyed in 1785 by Seth Smith's kinsman, Ephraim Nash. For almost two hundred years, this house was called the Seth Smith house, by the...
Enoch Jacobs was born in Marlboro on June 30, 1809, the son of Nathan Jacobs. While on a return visit to his native Vermont, Jacobs posted a letter to his adopted home town's newspaper, the Cincinnati Commercial. He posted this long letter precisely on his seventieth birthday. The times in Marlboro and Brattleboro which Jacobs recollects are all from before 1827, when he first removed to Brooklyn, and from...
Hon. Samuel Elliot For the Phoenix. Mr. Ryther---One day during the recent session of our Court, I walked up to New Fane Hill, the former seat of the Judicial and legal business of the County. This elevated site, yields a romantic prospect. The eastern branches of the Green Mountains at the West---Escutney and other lofty peaks at rhe North---and the valley of Connecticut River, and a long extent of...
Hon. Hoyt Henry Wheeler Early Times In Brattleboro. The Old Common, Burying Ground and Meeting House On The Hill Above Centreville The Original Agreement for the Support of Preaching--- Where the Roads Ran and the People Lived in 1770. The gift from Oscar A. Marshall, Esq., to the Brooks Library of the original agreement for the support of the gospel in this town excites interest in its history. The...
A Relic of Olden Times.---We have in our possession an Indian Hatchet, which was found by Mr Pender, some days ago, while working on the new road to the West Village. It is very old, and half eaten up with rust. The hole for the admission of the handle is disproportionately large; and whether it is a relic of the red men or not, it is a decided curiosity,...
Some Interesting Facts, Locations and Dates of the Old Days. Brattleborough, Decemb'r 6th, 1762. Then Rec'd of Wilder Willard four Pounds Ten Shillings Sterling in full for an oxx that was Damnified by Bringing his Excellency the Governor's Millstone. __________P'd me, ___John Arms His Excellency the Governor was Governor Benning Wentworth of the Province of New Hampshire, who lived at Portsmouth. Wilder Willard had been a lieutenant at Fort...
To the Editor of The Vermont Phoenix : The following documents, which I unearthed while recently prosecuting an antiquarian investigation for another purpose, will be read with interest by your Newfane subscribers, if by no others. Daniel Whipple, by whom the first paper is signed, was a citizen of Brattleboro, and a man of note in his day. Both he and his subordinate exercise an economy in the use...
Hon. Hoyt Henry Wheeler _____________________________________________________________________________ Brattleboro's Town House Historically. Judge Wheeler's Interesting Account at the Dedication Saturday Evening--- With Other Facts of the Town's Early Days and Former Fights. This town was organized on the first Tuesday, which was the first day, of March, 1768, probably at the house of John Arms, which stood about where the Retreat farm-house stands. There were about 60 voters, seven of whom lived...
First Recorded March Meeting. Freeholders of Brattleboro Met "Agreeable to Patent" in 1768. Henry Wells Was Elected Clerk. Town Clerk Lafayette Clark Discovered Record in 1856 "Among Loose Papers of the Late Town Clerk Stephen Greenleaf." The record of Brattleboro's first town meeting of which there is any record was made the subject of the Brattleboro weekly letter in the Springfield Sunday Republican. After referring to the annual March...
Town Chartered in 1753--- Were Early Record Books Burned? The legal voters of Brattleboro at their annual town-meeting on March 5, 1832, passed a resolution on motion of Samuel Clark, instructing the selectmen to procure a book and cause the early records of the town, which were in manuscript, to be transcribed therein with due care and attention, also sundry unrecorded deeds found among the old papers. The first...
Indian Dance Ring John White, Roanoke, Virginia 1585 Detail I have also been told, that among the broken hills back of where Joseph Goodhue now lives, was to be seen, not long after the commencement of the settlement of this town by civilized people, the remains of an establishment for the Indian dance. A circle trodden hard, so hard that it refused vegetation, was distinctly marked, and a substantial...
A Rare Find. The Original Deed of the Southwest Corner of Brattleboro. A document of unusual historical interest and value has just been presented to the Brooks library trustees, it being no other than the original deed of partition of 5400 acres of land comprising the southwest corner of Brattleboro. This is the tract or territory which was mentioned and described in a historical article on "Brattleboro school districts,"...
Stephen Greenleaf's Letter. Brattleboro, Vt., 1836 Dear Brother and Sister: -- It is now, as nearly as I can recollect, about fifty years since you removed from Brattleboro. During that time we have been gratified with but one interview, and very seldom with a letter. But not complaining, we give you credit for your late interesting communication just received, but cannot conjecture the reason for its arrival so long...
An Old-Time Land Baron. Squire Stephen Greenleaf and His 800 Acres. Where the Village of Brattleboro Now Stands-- His Land Sales and Business Ventures-- Facts in His Career Which Correct Statements in a Well Known Novel. The writer of "The Rangers, or the Tory's Daughter," describes a party of tories traveling on March 12, 1775, from Bennington through West Brattleboro village to Greenleaf's store in Brattleboro village, and then...
In the charter of Brattleboro, and those of other towns all pine trees "fit for Masting our Royal Navy," were reserved. John Wentworth of Portsmouth was surveyor of the king's woods and Judge Jones of Hinsdale a deputy surveyor. The court of vice admiralty in the city of New York had jurisdiction over cutting such timber on account of its relation to shipping. Benj. Whiting, a deputy marshal of...
Brattleboro Village. A Chapter of Its Early History. Where the Early Inhabitants Lived - Where the Roads Ran - Some of the First Industries, Stores, etc. The earliest history of the village of Brattleboro may interest some readers. When the town was chartered by Gov. Benning Wentworth in 1753 he reserved to himself a tract of the land on the river extending from the lower end of the depot...
Mr. Editor.---About one hundred years ago, Jonathan Belcher, Governor of Massachusetts, with some of his Council, met a deputation of the Cognewaga Indians on Connecticut river, some distance above the spot where stands your village, and held a conference with them. The beauty of the stream, and tempting richness of the forest were so inviting, that Col. Brattle of Cambridge, Mass. resolved to become a proprietor of what is...
Interesting Historical Facts About One of Brattleboro's Pioneer Settlers. Anything relating to Major Arms is of great historical interest in this town. He was one of the earliest settlers away from Ft. Dummer. He came from Deerfield to where the Retreat farm is in 1762, and died there March 6, 1770, leaving a widow, three daughters and two sons. His widow died March 7, 1793, in her 73d year....
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