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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Franklin County, Vermont

Clickable Map of Franklin County, Vermont and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Franklin County, VT (31) Chittenden County, VT (140) Grand Isle County, VT (16) Lamoille County, VT (14) Orleans County, VT (43)  FranklinCounty(31) Franklin County (31)  ChittendenCounty(140) Chittenden County (140)  GrandIsleCounty(16) Grand Isle County (16)  LamoilleCounty(14) Lamoille County (14)  OrleansCounty(43) Orleans County (43)
St. Albans is the county seat for Franklin County
Adjacent to Franklin County, Vermont
      Chittenden County (140)  
      Grand Isle County (16)  
      Lamoille County (14)  
      Orleans County (43)  
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1 Vermont, Franklin County, Bakersfield, East Fairfield — Peter Bent Brigham / Brigham Academy1807 - 1877
Peter Bent Brigham Philanthropist Peter Bent Brigham was born in Bakersfield on February 4, 1807. At the age of 17, he left to seek his fortune in Boston. With little formal schooling, he became a self-made millionaire, with success as a . . . Map (db m177612) HM
2 Vermont, Franklin County, Enosburg Falls — Birthplace of Larry Gardner
Larry Gardner was born in the house at 14 School Street on May 13, 1886. After leading Enosburg Falls High School to the 1905 state baseball championship and starring at the University of Vermont for three seasons, Gardner joined the Boston Red Sox . . . Map (db m77847) HM
3 Vermont, Franklin County, Enosburg Falls — Opera House of Enosburg Falls
In 1892 the proprietors of the Dr B.J. Kendall Company funded construction of the Opera House as a performance venue for opera, plays, and as a meeting place. Queen Anne in style, the building cost $10,000 to erect and included a grand hall known . . . Map (db m153340) HM
4 Vermont, Franklin County, Enosburg Falls — Patent Medicine in Enosburg Falls
The production of pre-packed pharmaceutical products, known as patent or proprietary medicines, flourished in the late 19th century. Dr. Burney James Kendall (1845-1922) opened a drug store in 1870 and soon sold his own remedies. Here in 1880, the . . . Map (db m177611) HM
5 Vermont, Franklin County, Fairfield — Chester A. ArthurBirthplace of 21st President
Although the exact location is debated, Chester A. Arthur was born on Oct. 5, 1829 in Fairfield. He became a New York lawyer and politician and was elected Vice-President in 1880. Upon the assasination of James Garfield, Arthur became president on . . . Map (db m36935) HM
6 Vermont, Franklin County, Fairfield, East Fairfield — Chester A. Arthur21st President of the United States
Research indicates Chester Alan Arthur was born in Fairfield, Vermont, on October 5, 1829. When he was less than a year old his parents moved to a new parsonage built at this site. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Union College, he became a . . . Map (db m36936) HM
7 Vermont, Franklin County, Fairfield, East Fairfield — Consuelo Northrop Bailey
Side A Born in Fairfield in 1899 at her family farm, Consuelo Northrop attended grade school in Sheldon and high school in St. Albans. In 1921 she graduated from the University of Vermont. Later she entered Boston University Law School, . . . Map (db m65132) HM
8 Vermont, Franklin County, Georgia — Boyrereau Brinch "Jeffrey Brace"The Blind African Slave Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch
Born in 1742 in West Africa, Boyrereau Brinch was sold into slavery at age 16. Renamed Jeffrey Brace, he fought in the Seven Years War as an enslaved sailor and endured the cruelty of masters in Connecticut. About 1768 he was sold to Mary Stiles, . . . Map (db m230581) HM
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9 Vermont, Franklin County, Highgate, Highgate Center — Highgate Falls Lenticular Truss Bridge
Built in 1887 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co., this structure is one of the few surviving examples of a bridge type popular in the 1880s and 1890s. The parabolic or lenticular truss, developed by William Douglas of Binghamton, NY, used less metal than . . . Map (db m109270) HM
10 Vermont, Franklin County, Highgate Center — Saxe's Mills
Here in 1786 John Saxe, (Johannes Sachse) a Loyalist from Rhinebeck, N.Y, built the area's first gristmill. His sons added a sawmill, potashery, general store, post office, and tavern. They incorporated the town of Highgate in this house in 1805, . . . Map (db m74652) HM
11 Vermont, Franklin County, Montgomery, East Berkshire — Fuller Covered Bridge
Completed originally in 1890, Fuller Covered Bridge was the last of the many covered bridges constructed by Savanard and Sheldon Jewett in Montgomery. The brothers used the Town lattice truss system, a design patented in 1820 by architect/civil . . . Map (db m201054) HM
12 Vermont, Franklin County, Montgomery, East Berkshire — Union Church
The Episcopal Union Church was the first religious edifice built in Montgomery. John Henry Hopkins, the first Episcopal Bishop of Vermont, consecrated the new church in 1835. Originally designed as a traditional meeting house, extensive renovations . . . Map (db m201055) HM
13 Vermont, Franklin County, Montgomery, Enosburg Falls — Longley Covered Bridge
Constructed in 1863, Longley Covered Bridge is the oldest known extant covered bridge built by Sheldon and Savanard Jewett of Montgomery. It utilizes a wooden truss system of crisscrossed diagonals connecting horizontal top and bottom chords to form . . . Map (db m201058) HM
14 Vermont, Franklin County, Montgomery, Montgomery Center — Comstock Covered Bridge
Built in 1883, Comstock Covered Bridge is an illustration of the Town lattice truss, one of the most significant American timber truss types of the 19th century. Patented in 1820 by architect Ithiel Town, the truss system consists of a rectangular . . . Map (db m201056) HM
15 Vermont, Franklin County, Sheldon — Colonel Elisha Sheldon1741-1805
In 1776, at the request of General Washington, Elisha Sheldon was commissioned by Congress to raise a regiment of cavalry. Named the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, the unit served with distinction throughout the Revolutionary War. In 1791, Colonel . . . Map (db m43774) HM
16 Vermont, Franklin County, Sheldon — Sheldon, VermontSite of Civil War Action — October 19, 1864 —
On their retreat to Canada after an attack on St. Albans, a 22-man Confederate detachment rode into Sheldon near dark. Crossing a covered bridge which stood on the site, they set it on fire, but alert village citizens saved the bridge. In great . . . Map (db m76883) HM
17 Vermont, Franklin County, Sheldon Junction — Fenian RaidsAttempted Canadian Invasion North of Here — 1866 and 1870 —
After Civil War, two attempts of Irish patriots to invade Canada and set up a free Irish republic were repulsed between Franklin and Cook's Corners. Fenians gathered in St. Albans, marched via Sheldon to the border but were stopped by Canadian arms . . . Map (db m74434) HM
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18 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — Camp Holbrook
This site, the former Henry Seymour farm, became a Civil War camp named in honor of Vermont’s second Civil War Governor, Frederick Holbrook. Over 1000 men of the 5th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment camped on this land and were mustered in to . . . Map (db m86591) HM
19 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — Franklin County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to Veterans In memory of and appreciation to all those men and women of Franklin County who have served, are serving and will serve in the armed services of this country Their service, dedication and . . . Map (db m140781) WM
20 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — History on the Hill/Leçon d'historie sur la colline
For more than a century, the students of St. Albans made this building a center of scholarship, sports and citizenship. Constructed in 1860 in the Renaissance Revival style, the building replaced two schools-the first built in 1800, the . . . Map (db m140482) HM
21 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — On This Spot
On this spot in the year 1839 Lawrence Brainerd shot a grey wolf which had been ravaging the northeast part of Franklin Co. The great beast measured six feet in length.Map (db m177399) HM
22 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — Rail City / La ville ferroviaire
The Central Vermont Railroad was founded by John Smith with the first trains arriving in St. Albans in 1850. The original station was replaced in 1866-7 by this structure designed and built by William Howe. The shed was 88 feet wide and covered . . . Map (db m176673) HM
23 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — St. Albans Raid
The Civil War entered Vermont, October 19, 1864, when 22 Confederates spread terror from the north, robbed three banks and shot up the town. Stealing horses, they fled back into Canada. There, after trial, they were freed and the banks partially . . . Map (db m61958) HM
24 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — St. Albans War Memorial
In Memory Of Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Democracy That They Shall Not Have Died In Vain W.W.I Albert A. Bushey · Walter Clark · Frederick T. Coleman · Lynus Crandall · Walter T. Finn · Paul R. Grandfield · Carlton B. Hawley · . . . Map (db m140574) WM
25 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — St. Albans World War Memorial
In Honor of Those Citizens of St. Albans Who at the Call of Their Country Gave Their Lives in the World War 1917-1918 This Memorial is Dedicated by A Grateful CommunityMap (db m140578) WM
26 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans — The Smith Legacy / L'héritage de la famille Smith
Vermont had two governors from St. Albans – a father and son named Smith – and both lived nearby. John Gregory Smith was governor from 1864-65, as thousands of young Vermonters fought in the American Civil War. He was married to Eliza Brainerd, the . . . Map (db m177182) HM
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27 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans, Taylor Park — St. Albans Civil War Memorial
To Those Brave Men of St. Albans who Fought in the Civil War Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we . . . Map (db m140579) WM
28 Vermont, Franklin County, St. Albans Bay, Saint Albans Bay — Lucrative Trade to Leisure Vacations/Du commerce lucratif au voyage d'agrément
When the Champlain Canal was completed in 1823 and shipping to the south opened up a huge market to the West, St. Albans merchants benefited from the boom. Canal boats sailed south up the Lake to Whitehall, and once the sails . . . Map (db m140057) HM
29 Vermont, Franklin County, Swanton — 10,000 Years of Fishing/10 000 ans de pêche
Lake Champlain: An Important Fishery for the Abenaki Native peoples have been fishing the waters of the Champlain Valley for more than 10,000 years. The first evidence of humans here dates from a time when the salty Champlain Sea . . . Map (db m140016) HM
30 Vermont, Franklin County, Swanton — First People of the Missisquoi Delta
The Swanton Route 78 Archaeology Project This beautiful setting of the Missisquoi Delta is the traditional homeland of the Missisquoi Abenaki Tribe, many of whom still reside in the area today. Archaeological sites identified all along the river . . . Map (db m200631) HM
31 Vermont, Franklin County, Swanton — Missisquoi Village and MissionSwanton / Highgate
The ancient Missisquoi / Mazipskoik Abenaki village was the region's focal point into the 1760's. In 1744, Jesuits built a cabin which served into the 1790's as the first longterm Christian mission in Vermont. Speculators took much of the Abenaki . . . Map (db m44655) HM
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Oct. 2, 2023