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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Orange County, Vermont

Clickable Map of Orange 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> Orange County, VT (38) Addison County, VT (72) Caledonia County, VT (38) Washington County, VT (30) Windsor County, VT (80) Grafton County, NH (146)  OrangeCounty(38) Orange County (38)  AddisonCounty(72) Addison County (72)  CaledoniaCounty(38) Caledonia County (38)  WashingtonCounty(30) Washington County (30)  WindsorCounty(80) Windsor County (80)  GraftonCountyNew Hampshire(146) Grafton County (146)
Chelsea is the county seat for Orange County
Adjacent to Orange County, Vermont
      Addison County (72)  
      Caledonia County (38)  
      Washington County (30)  
      Windsor County (80)  
      Grafton County, New Hampshire (146)  
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1Vermont, Orange County, Bradford — Bradford — Home of Maker of 1st Globes and Birthplace of Adm. Clark
James Wilson, a Bradford farmer and self-taught engraver, in early 1800’s made and sold the first geographical globes in the U.S. Adm. Chas. Clark, born here in 1843, was Captain of the “Oregon”, which sailed around the Cape Horn to . . . Map (db m65832) HM
2Vermont, Orange County, Bradford — Bradford — 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 . . . Map (db m87995) HM
3Vermont, Orange County, Bradford — Bradford Civil War Memorial
BRADFORD CITIZENS With the "Boys In Blue" During The Civil War 1861 - 1865 Abbot, Albert C. · Abbott, Ephraim C. · Andros, Charles W. · Andross, Dudley K. · Andross, Leonard A. · Andross, Noble C. · Argy, William · Argy, . . . Map (db m158919) WM
4Vermont, Orange County, Bradford — Bradford Spanish-American War Memorial
This tablet erected to the 35 Bradford citizens who served their country in the Spanish-American War 1898. Spanish-American War Vets Capt. Charles E. Clark U.S. Navy Capt. Harry B. Chamberlain U.S. Army Lieut. George C. Day U.S. Navy . . . Map (db m158910) WM
5Vermont, Orange County, Bradford — Bradford World War Memorial
1917 Bradford 1918 Erects This Tablet To Those Who Gave Their Services And Lives In The World War Avery, Harold C. · Barrett, Norman W. · Bowles, Nelson C. · Bradley, Roy H. P. · Brooks, Conrad E. · Brooks, Eber D. · . . . Map (db m158916) WM
6Vermont, Orange County, Bradford — Hooker Family House
Albert F. Colburn commissioned George P. Loveland & Co to construct this high-style Queen Anne house in 1891 on land subdivided from the estate of Deacon Oliver Hardy. Colburn was the proprietor and treasurer of Wait's River Paper Company, . . . Map (db m107642) HM
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7Vermont, Orange County, Bradford — Rear Admiral Charles Edgar Clark U.S.N.
Born Bradford, Vermont August 10, 1843 Died Long Beach California Oct. 1. 1922 Entered Annapolis Naval Academy Sept. 29, 1860 With Farragut Battle Mobile Bay Aug 5, 1864 Race of U.S.S. Oregon from California to Florida Mar. 16-May 26, 1898 . . . Map (db m65831) HM WM
8Vermont, Orange County, Brookfield — The Floating Bridge
Since 1820, eight versions of the Floating Bridge have spanned Sunset Lake, each serving as a unique gateway to Brookfield Village. Previous versions of the bridge were constructed with a variety of materials, including massive timbers, 50-gallon . . . Map (db m95451) HM
9Vermont, Orange County, Chelsea — Chelsea War Memorial
In honor of the men and women from Chelsea who served in the United States armed services names were not transcribedMap (db m158776) WM
10Vermont, Orange County, Fairlee — Nathaniel Niles — 1741 – 1828
Revolutionary War patriot and author of the popular ode "The American Hero," written in celebration of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Nathaniel Niles was an original settler of Fairlee, then founder of West Fairlee, and first minister of this church. He . . . Map (db m65091) HM
11Vermont, Orange County, Fairlee — Samuel Morey — Pioneer Inventor of Steam and Gas Engines lived here
Samuel Morey, resident of Orford and later Fairlee, successfully operated a steamboat on the Conn. River in 1793. Making over 4000 experiments, this early scientist patented an internal combustion engine in 1826 to anticipate the age of the motor . . . Map (db m32118) HM
12Vermont, Orange County, Fairlee, Thetford Center — Camp Farnsworth — Outdoor Camp for Girls
In 1909 Charles “Chelebe” and Charlotte “Madama” Farnsworth established Camp Hanoum for young women to experience the outdoors, gain confidence, skills, and strength in rural Vermont. Meaning “gracious lady,” . . . Map (db m141188) HM
13Vermont, Orange County, Newbury — Bayley-Hazen Military Road — 1776 - 1779 — Began Just North at Wells River —
Conceived, planned, laid out & financed by Newbury founder, Gen. Jacob Bayley 1726–1815, who on Nov. 24, 1775, presented his plan to Gen. George Washington for a shorter military route to Canada. On Washington's orders, Bayley began road in . . . Map (db m87961) HM
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14Vermont, Orange County, Newbury — Col. Thomas Johnson
To the memory of Col. THOMAS JOHNSON an early settler of this state and a brave and efficient officer in the Revolutionary war. His duties as a civil and military officer were performed with unblemished integrity. In private life a faithful friend . . . Map (db m89735) HM
15Vermont, Orange County, Newbury — Colonel Thomas Johnson — 1742 - 1819
One of the first settlers of Newbury, 1762, Influential in organizing the town and state; Revolutionary officer; Aid to General Lincoln at Ticonderoga, 1777, A prisoner in Canada 1781, Elected representative ten times. This marks the location of . . . Map (db m87960) HM
16Vermont, Orange County, Newbury — Elmbank — Home of Charles Ross Taggart — "The Old Country Fiddler" —
Born on March 19, 1871, Charles Ross Taggart, "The Man From Vermont", grew up in Topsham, VT and in 1907 moved his family to this house which he named Elmbank. Beginning in 1895, Taggart, a humorist and musician, traveled all over the U.S., . . . Map (db m87964) HM
17Vermont, Orange County, Newbury — General Jacob Bayley — 1726 - 1815
{East side} Patriot A pioneer of strong unselfish purpose A patriot of uncompromising fidelity A soldier unstained by personal ambition A citizen ever devoted to the public good {South side} Soldier French and Indian war . . . Map (db m88114) HM
18Vermont, Orange County, Newbury — Jacob Bayley — Founder of Newbury and Revolutionary War General
Veteran of the Indian Wars, Bayley led a migration of settlers from Newbury, Mass to the rich lands of the Coos here at the Great ox-Bow. A staunch patriot, he bitterly opposed the "Haldimand Negotiations" carried on with Canada by Ethan & Ira . . . Map (db m87994) HM
19Vermont, Orange County, Newbury — Old Court House — Here Stood From 1773 to 1801
The old court house with jail connected for Gloucester County New York, which became Orange County Vermont. It was used for a meeting house until 1788. The Legislature of 1787 met in this building. A few rods northerly stood the log fort of . . . Map (db m48618) HM
20Vermont, Orange County, Randolph, Randolph Center — Justin Morgan Log Cabin Home Site
In 1788 Justin Morgan and his family moved from Springfield, MA, to Vermont, living in a log cabin once located on the opposite side of Neighbor Road in the Town of Randolph. Most famous for the horse breed that bears his name, Morgan was a farmer, . . . Map (db m159592) HM
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21Vermont, Orange County, Randolph Center — Jonathan Peckham Miller — (1797 - 1847) — Freedom Fighter —
Jonathan Peckham Miller was born in Randolph and educated at Orange County Grammar School close to this spot. When he fought in the Greek Revolution for freedom from the Turks in the 1820s, he was known internationally as “the American . . . Map (db m95450) HM
22Vermont, Orange County, Randolph Center — Randolph — Home of Justin Morgan
In 1791, Schoolmaster Justin Morgan brought into Vermont the colt that was to bear his name and to make them both famous. This Morgan horse which Justin Morgan took as payment of a debt, became the ancestor of one of the greatest breeds of horses . . . Map (db m79946) HM
23Vermont, Orange County, Randolph Center — Randolph State Normal School — 1867-1911
Near this site stood the first Public School in Vermont for special training of teachers. It burned in 1893; rebuilt at a cost of $12,000 in 1894. Many of the 1623 graduates had long and distinguished careers in the educational professions. Four . . . Map (db m79924) HM
24Vermont, Orange County, South Strafford — Elizabeth Mine
In the 1790s a body of ore was discovered here, leading to the production of copperas from 1809 - 1880s and the intermittent production of copper from 1832 - 1958. The mine site covered 850 acres, and over three million tons of ore were extracted . . . Map (db m64920) HM
25Vermont, Orange County, Strafford — Justin Smith Morrill / Morrill Homestead
Justin Smith Morrill 1810-1898 Born in Strafford Village, Justin S. Morrill was the son of a blacksmith. He entered politics in 1854 serving in the United States Congress for a total of nearly 44 years. As a member of the House of . . . Map (db m104075) HM
26Vermont, Orange County, Strafford — Old City and Old City Falls
Strafford was granted its charter on August 12, 1761. Land near here was chosen for the town's first settlement by its earliest pioneers, Ezekiel Parish and Frederick Smith. Both men with their families established homesteads in this vicinity by . . . Map (db m107647) HM
27Vermont, Orange County, Strafford — Strafford — Birthplace of Justin Smith Morrill
Born April 14, 1810, Senator Morrill served 43 years in the Congress. He won unique fame as author of the Morrill Acts, signed by Abraham Lincoln, 1862. These established our land-grant colleges and universities, securing and broadening higher . . . Map (db m65008) HM
28Vermont, Orange County, Strafford — Strafford Village
The Town of Strafford received its charter on August 12, 1761. By the 1790s the area surrounding the Common, known as Strafford Village, became the town center with a mill dam and mill, several homes, an inn, and a store. The Strafford Village . . . Map (db m100958) HM
29Vermont, Orange County, Strafford, South Strafford — Furnace Flat
In this area, what may have been the first use of hot blast to smelt copper adjacent to a mine in the United States took place. During the winter of 1833-1834, Isaac Tyson, Jr., invented a hot-blast system for smelting copper. Assisted by smelting . . . Map (db m94486) HM
30Vermont, Orange County, Thetford, Thetford Center — Thetford Academy
On this site stood the original Thetford Academy. Co-educational from the start, it was founded in 1819 by Thetford citizens led by Rev. Asa Burton and Judge Simeon Short. The academic building with belfry and separate doors for boys and girls . . . Map (db m136062) HM
31Vermont, Orange County, Tunbridge — Tunbridge Civil War Memorial
In memory of our soldiers and sailors 1861-1865 Names were not transcribedMap (db m155814) WM
32Vermont, Orange County, Tunbridge — Tunbridge World's Fair
This fair, founded in 1867 and held by the Union Agricultural Society on this site since 1875, was named "The World's Fair' by Lt. Governor Burnham Martin. The annual celebration reflects accomplishments of farmers and families by reinforcing their . . . Map (db m85974) HM
33Vermont, Orange County, Tunbridge, South Royalton — Site of 1780 Raid
On the Tunbridge hilltop, across the meadow, three hundred Indians, led by the British in the wanning years of the Revolutionary War, laid in wait the night of Oct. 15, 1780. As dawn approached on the 16th, they began their pillaging, reducing . . . Map (db m73916) HM
34Vermont, Orange County, Washington — Washington Civil War Memorial
( north face ) S. C. Smith Post No. 57 G.A.R. Julius Lazelle · J. A. Dickey · C. O. Slack · F. V. Jefferds · L. D. Parkhurst · E. W. Whitcomb · A. R. Nelson · C. S. George · A. F. Bohonon · D. P. Smith · C. H. Smith · T. F. S. Thurber · . . . Map (db m157923) WM
35Vermont, Orange County, Washington — Washington Vermont War Memorial
Washington Vermont To All Those Who Served In The Armed Forces World War I Baker Robert · Beede Clarence · Bigelow Harold · Bradbury William · Burnham Guy ★ · Calef Allan · Chaples Edward · Clough Arthur · Compo Alexander · Corrigan . . . Map (db m157938) WM
36Vermont, Orange County, Williamstown — Davenport Birthplace
Thomas Davenport was born on the West Hill in 1802 and worked in a blacksmith shop by the village stream. Later, in Brandon, invented the first commutator, and, in 1837, patented the first electric motor.Map (db m86037) HM
37Vermont, Orange County, Williamstown — Thomas Davenport — Inventor of the electric motor
Born on the West Hill July 9, 1802. Died at the age of 49, July 6 1851, in Salisbury, VT. Buried in Brandon. Near this tablet stood the blacksmith shop where he learned his trade. He invented and made the first ELECTRIC MOTOR in Brandon, Vermont . . . Map (db m86038) HM
38Vermont, Orange County, Williamstown — Town of Williamstown
Williamstown was established in 1780 by Elijah Paine and was formally chartered one year later on August 9, 1781. The first settlers lived on West Hill, along present-day Stone Road. By the mid-1800s, development had shifted from the two hills into . . . Map (db m103775) HM
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Mar. 28, 2023