Near Bradford in Orange County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
James Wilson, Globe Maker
Located 100 yards beyond this marker is the site where James Wilson had his home and workshop. Between 1808 and 1810 Wilson made and sold the first terrestrial and celestial globes in North America. Born in Londonderry, N.H., in 1763, Wilson was a farmer and blacksmith who moved to Bradford in 1795. He taught himself astronomy and geography and studied with Amos Doolittle in CT to learn engraving, skills he needed to make globes. Wilson died in Bradford in 1855 at the age of 92.
Erected 1995 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 44° 0.971′ N, 72° 7.19′ W. Marker is near Bradford, Vermont, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 91 at milepost 99.8. Touch for map. Marker is located at the rest area/visitor information center on I-91 (Northbound), 2 miles north of Exit 16. Marker is in this post office area: Bradford VT 05033, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hooker Family House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rear Admiral Charles Edgar Clark U.S.N. (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Bradford (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Bedell Bridge Haverhill Corner Historic District (approx. 3.1 miles away in New Hampshire); General Jacob Bayley (approx. 5.3 miles away); Jacob Bayley (approx. 5.3 miles away); Elmbank (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradford.
More about this marker. Marker is north of the building, among the picnic tables.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - James Wilson. (Submitted on September 1, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.