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Danville in Caledonia County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

Greenbank's Hollow

A Forgotten Village

Greenbank's Hollow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Bergeron, November 8, 2011
1. Greenbank's Hollow Marker
Inscription.  On this site, in 1849, Benjamin Greenbank converted an existing small mill into a 5-story woolen factory. As many as 45 people worked here to produce up to 700 yards of cloth a day. Greenbank's Hollow, as it became known, included a company store, gristmill, sawmill, school, and several residences nearly all owned by Greenbank.

On December 14, 1885, a fire at the mill quickly spread and destroyed the village including the covered bridge. Greenbank did not rebuild and today only the foundations of mills and homes remain -- mute testimony to the existence of a once thriving and important Danville community.
Erected 2007 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉 series list.
Location. 44° 22.646′ N, 72° 7.336′ W. Marker is in Danville, Vermont, in Caledonia County. Marker is at the intersection

Greenbank's Hollow Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Steve Bergeron, November 8, 2011
2. Greenbank's Hollow Covered Bridge
Built in 1886 after the village was destroyed by fire--the only structure to be rebuilt.
of Greenbanks Hollow Road and Brook Road, on the right when traveling south on Greenbanks Hollow Road. All roads leading to this site are dirt/gravel. Use caution when traveling in winter/spring. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville VT 05828, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Danville Civil War Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away); Danville Veterans Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away); Thaddeus Stevens (approx. 2˝ miles away); Caledonia County Grammar School (approx. 4.2 miles away); Moore Round Barn (approx. 4.6 miles away); Passumpsic Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Ben's Mill (approx. 4.8 miles away); Site of Camp Baxter (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Regarding Greenbank's Hollow. The Danville Vermont Historical Society has erected an informational exhibit nearby with photographs and stories of the area in its heyday. The remains of the various building foundations have been preserved and are marked. The Greenbanks Hollow Covered Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also see . . .  Danville Vermont Historical Society. Information and happenings regarding Danville's forgotten village. (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by Steve Bergeron of Milton, Vermont.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2012, by Steve Bergeron of Milton, Vermont. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2012, by Steve Bergeron of Milton, Vermont. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 26, 2020