Brattleboro: Historically Speaking

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Founded as Fort Dummer in 1724, from its earliest days the town that would become Brattleboro enjoyed beautiful views and a strong spirit. It quickly grew into a home for Vermont industry and pleasure, attracting tourists, traders and innovators from across the region. Former Brattleboro Reformer contributor Fran Lynggaard Hansen describes the town's history through highlights from her "Downstreet" column, including accounts of the 1848 smallpox outbreak, the founding of the Estey Organ Company, the construction of the Harris Ski Jump, the story behind George Crowell's Lindenhurst mansion and the efforts of the dedicated volunteers who launched the first Winter Carnival. Portraying residents at work, at play, and in service to one another, she captures the essence of Brattleboro's enduring charm.
ISBN: 9781596297197
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Vermont
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 30
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Fran Hansen, a graduate of the University of Vermont, is a board member of the Brattleboro Historical Society and wrote the “Downstreet” local interest column in the Brattleboro Reformer for three years. Most of her pieces focused on the town's history; she took a particular interest in local innovators, immigrants, and community organizations, blending research from historical society archives with oral history interviews. Also a freelance writer, her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Good Housekeeping, and the Rutland Herald. She is the director of the Green Mountain Camp for Girls.
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