The Village of Bellows Falls, within the Town of Rockingham, has served as a river and overland crossroad for commerce and travel by foot, stagecoach, riverboat, train, truck and automobile.
With wood, brick, iron, steel, and stone, . . . — — Map (db m65789) HM
The British-owned Company, which was chartered to render the Conn. River navigable here in 1791, was 10 years building the 9 locks and dam around the Great Falls, 52 ft. high. After the railroad came in 1849, river traffic declined and the canal was . . . — — Map (db m74471) HM
On Rockingham Road (Vermont Route 103) at Missing Link Road, on the right when traveling north on Rockingham Road.
At The Mouth of the Williams River
A Few Rods East of This Place
Rev. John Williams
A Deerfield Captive
On Sunday, March 5, 1704
Preached the First Protestant Sermon
Delivered in the Territory that Later
Became the State of Vermont . . . — — Map (db m98044) HM
The Bellows Falls Waypoint Center stands in an old railyard which once served the Boston and Maine Railroad. Once the railroads came through, in 1849, the area was built up with many storage buildings used by local businesses for receiving . . . — — Map (db m65787) HM
On Park Place, 0.1 miles east of Linden Street (Vermont Route 30), on the left when traveling east.
(Front): This Monument Commemorates The Loyalty and Patriotism Of the Men of Brattleboro, Who Fought for Liberty and the Union In the Great Rebellion of 1861 – 1865 Enlisted 385. Died in Service 31. Erected by a Grateful . . . — — Map (db m23114) HM
On Canal Street (U.S. 5) at Washington Street, on the right when traveling north on Canal Street.
Here, in Brattleboro, was located the world’s largest manufacturer of reed organs. For more than a century, reed and pipe organs made in Brattleboro were sold to homes and churches around the world. The unusual slate-sided factory complex on Birge . . . — — Map (db m23113) HM
On Vernon Street (Route 142) at Cotton Mill Hill Road, on the right when traveling south on Vernon Street.
Fort Dummer was established in 1724 by Lt Governor William Dummer of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The wooden fort was a northern outpost along the Connecticut River and one of the first permanent European settlements in what would become Vermont. . . . — — Map (db m159865) HM WM
On Western Avenue (Vermont Route 9) near South Street, on the left when traveling west.
Glenwood Ladies’ Seminary opened in September 1860, with Hiram Orcutt as founder and principal. It was among the 19th-century examples of private secondary boarding schools for females in Vermont. The course of study included Composition, Logic, . . . — — Map (db m150443) HM
On Western Avenue (Vermont Route 9) just east of South Street, on the right when traveling south.
American writer Mary Wilkins Freeman was born in 1852 in Randolph, Massachusetts. Her family moved to Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1867. Studying for one year at the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, Freeman would complete her formal education at Glenwood . . . — — Map (db m150990) HM
On Putney Road (Vermont Route 9) at Black Mountain Road, on the left when traveling north on Putney Road.
After marriage to the American, Caroline Balestier, and after visiting her home, famed British writer built isolated “Naulahka”. Here he wrote the “Jungle Books” and other stories, and two daughters were born. In 1896 the . . . — — Map (db m23573) HM
Near South Main Street south of Washington Street, on the left when traveling south.
Brattleboro at War (center panel) In May 1861, a month after the Confederate assault on Fort Sumter in South Carolina, the State of Vermont established a camp in the town of Brattleboro. The barracks and other buildings were used to . . . — — Map (db m136427) HM
On Fairground Road, 0.2 miles east of Atwood Street, on the right when traveling east.
Ten thousand two hundred volunteers in the 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Vermont Regiments and the 1st Vermont Light Battery encamped and were mustered into the Union service, before departing for the field.
Upon . . . — — Map (db m151917) HM WM
On Grassy Brook Road, on the left when traveling north.
Designed - 1821 - by Dr. John "Thunderbolt" Wilson.
Built in 1822 on this site deeded to the Town of Brookline by Peter Benson, for the sum of $5.00.
Dr. Wilson, a former Scottish highwayman, taught the first term of 60 pupils who sat on . . . — — Map (db m74490) HM
On Grafton Road at Main Street (Vermont Route 121), on the left when traveling south on Grafton Road.
"... settled around on the floor …
when we all got calmed down
and on our stools ... Father would tell us stories of things that went on ...”
Daisy Turner, speaking of her father Alec
Alec Turner was a masterful . . . — — Map (db m179126) HM
On Guilford Center Road, 0.2 miles north of Cemetery Hill Road, on the left when traveling north.
Boston-born Royall Tyler’s play, ‘The Contrast", was the first American drama to be performed in this country (1787) and his novel, ‘The Algerine Captive", presented the first Yankee types in our literature. He came to Guilford in 1791, and was . . . — — Map (db m94428) HM
On Sweet Pond Road east of N Belden Hill Drive, on the right when traveling west.
This land was settled by the Franklin family, who farmed it for over 150 years. Revolutionary War veteran Philip Franklin owned lot No. 199, which included this natural pond called Spicer Pond; it was later known as Franklin Pond. The lot was . . . — — Map (db m155519) HM
On this former wilderness trail to Canada, the pioneers built old Fort Dummer in 1724 below Brattleboro, then the frontiers most advanced outpost. Guilford, then the largest town in Vermont, was the scene of bitter strife between the "Yorkers" and . . . — — Map (db m108852) HM
Near Interstate 91 at milepost 5, on the right when traveling north.
This monument depicting the Interstate highway system in Vermont is dedicated to the men and women who contributed to the planning, designing and building of this magnificent transportation network. As the most significant engineering accomplishment . . . — — Map (db m23111) HM
On Vermont Route 30 at Depot Street, on the right when traveling north on State Route 30.
Proudly We Pay Tribute
To the Members of Our Community
Who Answered the Call to the Colors
World War I
* Harry O. Beattie • Aaron P. Butler • Roy Chapin • Leon W. Cheney • Gilbert W. Clayton • Zeron J. Cobb • Oscar . . . — — Map (db m23248) HM
On Vermont Route 30, 0.1 miles north of Church Street, on the right when traveling north.
In Memory of Jonathan Park Original Settler of Newfane Who Gave to the People of Windham County the Common And All the Land On Which Now Stand The County Buildings Erected by His Great-Granddaughters Martha Osgood Morse . . . — — Map (db m23130) HM
On Vermont Route 30 at Church Street, on the left when traveling north on State Route 30.
(Front): In Memory of The Men of Newfane Who Served Their Country In the Civil War 1861 – 1865 “On fames eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread, and glory guards, with solemn round, the bivouac of the . . . — — Map (db m23134) HM
On Court Street just west of Vermont Route 30, on the left when traveling west.
Korean War June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955
Bourn, Melvin F. • Brooks, Dennis R. • Brooks, Roy I. • Carey, Leighton, E. • Carey, Merton M. • Chase, Charles D. • Druke, Edward J. • Fisher, Abbott C. • Gould, Neils E. • Gould, Roland F. . . . — — Map (db m23135) WM
On Vermont Route 30 at Court Street and Jail Street, on the left when traveling north on State Route 30.
Honor Roll World War II
Armstrong, David • Atwater, Roy • Beck, Walter P. • Bills, Lyman S. • Bingham, Robert • Brayman, Floyd • Brayman, Ralph • Brooks, Alfred • Brooks, Arthur W., Jr. • Brooks, Robert • Brooks, Roy I. • Brown, Emmett • . . . — — Map (db m23132) HM
On Vermont Route 30 at Jail Street, on the right when traveling south on State Route 30.
The Newfane Railroad Station stands 100 yards east on Cemetery Hill Road. The Station includes the depot and water tank house, both of which were built in 1880 for the Brattleboro & Whitehall Railroad, intended to run from Brattleboro, VT, to . . . — — Map (db m109182) HM
On Old Depot Road, on the left when traveling south.
This c. 1900 house was built for Dr. Laura Plantz (1829-1923), the first female medical practitioner in Vermont, Minnesota, and Michigan. Dr. Plantz graduated from Pennsylvania Medical University of Philadelphia. She specialized in women’s diseases . . . — — Map (db m103291) HM
On Kimball Hill Road at Frost Road on Kimball Hill Road.
Eldest son of a Putney family, John Noyes (1811-1886) became deeply religious after a revival meeting in 1831. Convinced that Christ’s Second Coming had occurred in 70 A.D. and that all people could now be free of sin, he became a . . . — — Map (db m65770) HM
On Westminster Street at The Square, on the right when traveling north on Westminster Street.
A hotel has occupied this site on the Square since 1817. Destroyed by fires, the hotel was rebuilt on four occasions. It was first christened the Hotel Windham in 1902.
Offering lodging and entertainment, the hotel was touted . . . — — Map (db m152201) HM
On Rockingham Road (Vermont Route 103) west of Meetinghouse Road, on the left when traveling west.
The Rockingham Meeting House is one of the finest remaining examples of New England Colonial architecture. It is the oldest intact public building in Vermont. Built between 1787 and 1801, it served Rockingham as a house of religious worship and . . . — — Map (db m115806) HM
Near Meetinghouse Road south of Rockingham Road (Vermont Route 103), on the left when traveling east.
Rockingham Meetinghouse has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America A rare 18th century New England meetinghouse of the "Second Period," . . . — — Map (db m72023) HM
On Vermont Route 30, 0.5 miles south of Dam Road, on the right when traveling south.
This 277’ bridge, built in 1870 by Harrison Chamberlain, consists of two king post trusses and a 166’ Town lattice truss. The latter was the longest wooden span in Vermont. In 1981 a concrete pier was constructed to provide support. An earlier . . . — — Map (db m23330) HM
On Grafton Road (Vermont Route 35) at Simpson Brook Road, on the right when traveling south on Grafton Road.
National Register of Historic Places Designation 1976.
Important Note: Proceed with caution as surfaces are uneven and modern safety features are not present.
Please ask permission before entering private property.
Simpsonville Stone . . . — — Map (db m179130) HM
On Fort Bridgman Road (Route 142) 0.2 miles north of Hubbard Road, on the left when traveling south.
The first white settlement
In Vernon, Vt.
Built in 1737,
The scene of many Indian massacres
Sacked and burned by the Indians
For the third time
June 27, 1755,
After having slain
And taken captive fourteen . . . — — Map (db m48061) HM
On Fort Bridgman Rd. (Vermont Route 142), on the right when traveling north.
Famed as the "Fair Captive", her faith and courage survived the slaying of two husbands by Indians and--after an attack on nearby Fort Bridgman in 1755--her own forced hardship march to Canada. One of her seven children perished and the others were . . . — — Map (db m60274) HM
On Route 30 at Windham Hill Road, on the right when traveling south on Route 30.
Born in West Townsend 1810, Clarina Howard became an early advocate of women’s rights. After a divorce in 1843 she married George Nichols. As editor of the Windham County Democrat she strongly advocated women’s property rights, child . . . — — Map (db m23329) HM
On Vermont Route 30 at Windham Hill Road, on the right when traveling south on State Route 30.
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 . . . — — Map (db m74472) HM
On Calvin Coolidge Memorial Highway (U.S. 5) at School Street, on the right when traveling south on Calvin Coolidge Memorial Highway.
Prominent nineteenth century political leader and lawyer, William Czar Bradley (1782-1867) practiced in this building from 1802 until 1858 when he retired. He was a member of the VT Legislature, the Governor’s Council, & U.S. Representative to . . . — — Map (db m85919) HM
On Vermont Route 5, on the right when traveling north.
Westminster "Massacre" Northward stood the Cumberland County Courthouse, seat of New York's colonial administration. Opposition to holding a court session led to the "Massacre" of March 13, 1775. Here the New Hampshire Grants on Jan. 16, 1777, . . . — — Map (db m94378) HM
Near Old Cemetery Road (U.S. 5) at Shattuck Road, on the left when traveling north.
Shot at Westminster
March 13, 1775,
Erected by the State
Of Vermont in 1873.
Shot at Westminster
March 13, 1775,
by an act of the
Vermont Legislature of 1904
These Bronze . . . — — Map (db m98017) WM
On Calvin Coolidge Memorial Highway (U.S. 5) at Grout Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Calvin Coolidge Memorial Highway.
In Honor Of The Men Of This Community
Who Served Their Country In World War II
★Metcalf, Raymond O.
Aiken, Charles A. • Aiken, Lyle C. • Avery, William B. • Beam, Ernest F. Jr. • Boudrieau, Leonard F. • Carroll, Harold J. • Farnsworth, . . . — — Map (db m98019) WM
On Vt. Route 100 (Vermont Route 100), on the right when traveling south.
The leader of the Mormon pioneers, Brigham Young, was born up the steep hill to the south on June 1, 1801. He eventually led his people from Illinois to Utah where he founded Salt Lake City in 1847 and 500 communities throughout the west. Young . . . — — Map (db m61306) HM
On Stimpson Hill Road, 0.1 miles south of Vermont Route 100, on the left when traveling south.
The structure, originally of Greek Revival design, was built in 1861 as a Universalist Church. As its membership declined toward the end of the 19th century, the Congregation found it necessary to relinquish ownership to a community association, . . . — — Map (db m75699) HM
On West Main Street (Vermont Route 9) at Ray Hill Road, on the left when traveling west on West Main Street.
Wife of General John Stark, mother of 11 children, homemaker, patriot, and defender of the household. Her love, courage, and self-reliance were common virtues among the many hearty women of frontier New England’s 18th century towns. This strength . . . — — Map (db m23291) HM
On West Main Street (Vermont Route 9) 0.1 miles west of North Main Street (Vermont Route 100), on the right when traveling east.
circa late 1700’s, one of the oldest houses left in town, was originally built on Lisle Hill in the first town of Wilmington. It was moved to its present site by ox cart in the 1830’s. — — Map (db m23292) HM
On South Main Street at Beaver Street, on the left when traveling south on South Main Street.
Roll of Honor
Dedicated to Those Who Offered
Their Lives in Humanity’s Defense in
The War of the Nations 1914 – 1918
And in Memory of Those Indicated
Here by Gold Stars, Who Gave Their
* Last Full Measure of Devotion * . . . — — Map (db m23268) HM