Welcome to the Brattleboro Historical Society

There’s Always Something Happening in History

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Telling The story

Brattleboro Historical Society was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization by a group of local historians and civic leaders interested in Brattleboro’s past. The Society’s mission is to collect and preserve historical artifacts, documents, photographs, and data of persons, places, and events significant to Brattleboro from its earliest days to the present, and to disseminate Brattleboro’s history through research, exhibits, and interpretation of the collection for the education and enjoyment of the community. Join us!

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News & Notes

There’s Always Something Happening in History

Snow removal equipment changes over time

Through the Years:Snow RemovalBy WAYNE CARHART In New England when people lived mostly on farms, snow removal was limited to clearing a path from the house to the barn Ñ if the two buildings were not connected by a series of sheds, as they often were. Most of the...

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Feature Exhibits

Brattleboro’s Beginnings

Brattleboro’s Beginnings

Intro Abenaki & Fort DummerPrior to the 1700’s, Vermont was home to the Abenaki.  Fort Dummer was built as the first English settlement in Vermont in 1724.  The view of the Connecticut River and Mount Wantastiquet from the former site of Fort DummerThe Fort...

Podcast Episode 305

Podcast Episode 305

Laundry, Chinese Exclusion Act, Female Businesses, Technology, Immigration…this story has it all! The first commercial laundries emerged in the 1840’s with Steam Laundries appearing in the 1870’s…the Custom Laundry (female-owned) began in 1887 and operated until 2010.

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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