Plymouth in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Vermont Gold Rush
In 1826 gold nuggets were first discovered in Newfane and Somerset, Vt. In 1851, ‘49er Matthew Kennedy discovered gold in Buffalo Brook at Plymouth. By 1855, a “gold rush” was underway here and in Bridgewater, Vt. Prospectors staked their claims. The greatest activity occurred at Buffalo Brook and the Pollard farm. At Plymouth Five Corners, a gold mill and crusher were built. In the 1880s, seven companies were operating here. The Rooks Mining Company earned $13,000 in a six-month period in 1884. After Rooks went bankrupt in the late 1880s, mine manager and hermit Henry Fox searched for gold until his death in 1919. Recreational prospectors still pan for gold in Buffalo Brook and elsewhere.
Erected 2008 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
Location. 43° 28.62′ N, 72° 41.707′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is on Scout Camp Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth VT 05056, 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. Revolutionary War Campground on the Crown Point Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Calvin Coolidge Homestead (approx. 4.2 miles away); Calvin Coolidge (approx. 4.3 miles away); Plymouth WW1 Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Capt. John Coolidge Flagpole (approx. 4.3 miles away); Achsa W. Sprague (1827-1862) (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mount Holly Railroad History (approx. 4.9 miles away); Abby Maria Hemenway (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
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