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In the 1700s, the fertile valley lands and wooded hills of Pownal attracted Dutch tenant farmers and English settlers. French Canadians soon arrived in the villages of Pownal to work in the mills, as both adults and children. Later painters and magazines captured the beauty of the land, while hill farmers struggled to make the thin soil produce. Following World War II, a United Nations magazine featured Pownal on its cover as a symbol of the peace so many sought. The photographs in Pownal illustrate the beauty, as well as hardships, associated with rural life. Vintage images of barefooted school students, farmers working their horses, and proud owners of the first automobiles capture the hardworking people of this Vermont community living amid a beauty that tourists seek.
ISBN: 9780738572420
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Vermont
Series: Images of America
Images: 216
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Pownal Historical Society members Charlotte Comar, Wendy Hopkins, and Ray Rodrigues have come together to author Pownal. Rodrigues has been a university professor, administrator, and author. Hopkins served as director of alumni relations for Williams College. Comar is a lifelong Pownal resident, serving her community and church in numerous ways.