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West Townshend in Windham County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Taft Homestead Site

 
 
Taft Homestead Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
1. Taft Homestead Site Marker
Inscription.  In 1799, Aaron Taft settled on a 100-acre farm on Taft Hill. His grandson, Alphonso, born here in 1810, served as Secretary of War and Attorney General under President Grant, and as Minister to Austria-Hungary and Russia. Alphonso’s son, William Howard Taft (1857 – 1930) became 27th President of the United States and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. William’s son, Robert A. Taft (1889 – 1953) was U.S. Senator from Ohio. Many other descendants became prominent in government service.
 
Erected 2001 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft series lists.
 
Location. 43° 5.051′ N, 72° 42.689′ W. Marker is in West Townshend, Vermont, in Windham County. Marker is at the intersection of Vermont Route 30 and Windham Hill Road, on the right when traveling south
Taft Homestead Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
2. Taft Homestead Site Marker
Looking south. The Clarina Howard Nichols Marker is on the right.
on State Route 30. Located next to the West Townshend Post Office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Townshend VT 05359, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clarina Howard Nichols (here, next to this marker); Scott Bridge (approx. 2.6 miles away); Jamaica Veterans Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Round Schoolhouse (approx. 7 miles away); West River Railroad (approx. 7.3 miles away); Newfane Honor Roll (approx. 7.3 miles away); Newfane World War II Monument (approx. 7.3 miles away); Newfane Civil War Monument (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
Taft Homestead Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
3. Taft Homestead Site Marker
Looking north. The Clarina Howard Nichols Marker is on the left. The white building with the flag is the West Townshend Post Office.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,994 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on June 16, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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