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By Kevin Craft, October 12, 2014
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Vermont (Rutland County), Belmont — Village of MechanicsvilleFounded in Early 1800's
Mechanicsville was a village center in the Town of Mount Holly, which was chartered in 1792. The village prospered with the growth of water-powered manufacturing, that included sawmills, gristmills, wheelwrights, furniture shops, and the A.P. Chase . . . — Map (db m78153) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Brandon — Brandon Training School
Established in 1915, the program served Vermonters with mental retardation and developmental disabilities continuously until 1993. Founded as the Brandon State School for Feebleminded Children, the name was changed to Brandon State School in 1929 . . . — Map (db m76003) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Brandon — Forest Dale Ironworks
Ironworking began at Forest Dale in 1810 using local ore. By 1823 a blast furnace was producing pig iron and a variety of ornamental iron. The Green Mountain Iron Company acquired the facility in 1854 to produce parlor stoves. The furnace was . . . — Map (db m78178) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Brandon — Stephen A. DouglasOpponent of Abraham Lincoln
The ‘little giant’ of national politics, born in Brandon in 1813, later moved to Middlebury to learn cabinet making. Returning to Brandon, he attended the Academy. Moving to Illinois in 1833, his career merged with the stream of American politics, . . . — Map (db m76006) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — "Vermont's First College"
On this site Castleton State College, Vermont’s first college and the eighteenth oldest in the nation, was first established as the Rutland County Grammar School, chartered by the General Assembly of the Republic of Vermont on October 15, 1787. The . . . — Map (db m78184) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — Conflict at Fort Warren
Conflict – Site of Fort Warren 1777 – 1779 Erected under the auspices of Ann Story Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 1904 — Map (db m105476) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — Edwin L. Drake1819-1880 — Founder of the Oil Industry
Drilling the first modern oil well in the United States on August 27, 1859 at Titusville, Penna., Drake struck oil at 69 feet and launched one of the world’s great industries. On a farm on Drake Road, near this spot, he lived as a boy and attended . . . — Map (db m78199) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — Fort WarrenBattle of Hubbardton — Seven Miles North
Directly east is the elevation of Fort Warren, built in 1779 for defense of the northern frontier. The road from the north was route of American retreat before Burgoyne, protected by Col. Seth Warner’s rearguard action at the Battle of Hubbardton, . . . — Map (db m78183) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — James Hope1818-1892
American portrait and landscape painter, James Hope excelled at capturing the beauty of mid-19th century Vermont. He is best known for his five large paintings of the Civil War Battle of Antietam in Maryland done from sketches made while serving as . . . — Map (db m95452) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — Meeting of Allen and Arnold
Marking The Meeting Place of Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold on their Historic March to Fort Ticonderoga May 9, 1775 Dedicated 1941 Vermont Sesquicentennial — Map (db m105475) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — Slate Pencil Manufacturing(1843-1878)
In 1843, John Cain erected a slate pencil mill along Sucker Brook. Benjamin and James Adams bought the mill in 1853, and began mass-producing slate pencils as the Adams Manufacturing Co. Soon, after acquiring more land and business partners, the . . . — Map (db m97291) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Castleton — The "Old Chapel"Castleton Medical College — (1818-1862)
Castleton Medical College was the first such college in Vermont. This structure, built in 1821, was originally located on Main Street west of the present town library. In 1864 a leading citizen presented the building to Harriet Haskell, Principal . . . — Map (db m78198) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Center Rutland — Center Rutland DepotConstructed Circa 1912
The Center Rutland Depot is a classic example of an early 1900's rail station. Built at the junction of the Delaware and Hudson and Rutland Railroads, the depot served the area's passenger and freight customers until the late 1950's. — Map (db m77980) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Center Rutland — Mead's Falls
James Mead, Rutland's first settler, arrived at these falls on the Otter Creek in 1769. The next year he and his family were given shelter by members of the Caughnawaga tribe while they finished their log cabin. Mead built saw and grist mills on the . . . — Map (db m77440) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Clarendon — Kingsley Grist Mill
The last of a dozen mills that dotted Mill River during the 18th & 19th century. Kingsley Grist Mill stands just upstream of the 1870 Town lattice truss covered bridge.

Kingsley's Mill, the only mill ever designed and built by nationally known . . . — Map (db m74431) HM

Vermont (Rutland County), Danby — Pearl S. BuckJune 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973
Mother, wife, writer, humanitarian, and civil rights activist, Pearl Buck was the first American woman to receive the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for literature. A visionary, she worked to cross political and cultural barriers to further . . . — Map (db m95455) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), East Poultney — Horace Greeley - George JonesNoted journalists served apprenticeship near here
At the original settlement in East Poultney, Horace Greeley, founder of the "New York Tribune", worked on the "Northern Spectator", 1826-1830. George Jones, co-founder of the "N.Y.Times", also came from here. — Map (db m78256) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), East Poultney — Jeffrey Brace1742 - 1827 — African, Revolutionary Veteran, Author, Abolitionist
Jeffrey Brace was born in West Africa with the name Boyrereau Brinch. At sixteen he was captured by European slave traders, shipped to Barbados, sold to a ship's captain, and eventually arrived in New England. Some years later, while still enslaved, . . . — Map (db m60663) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), East Poultney — Poultney Civil War Monument1861-1865
To our country's defenders of Poultney,VT. Erected in grateful memory of their heroic service by Mrs. Josephine L. Lewis in memory of her husband Col. Judson A. Lewis. — Map (db m60775) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), East Poultney — Site of Oldest Union Church in America
Founded eight years before religious liberty was made constitutional 1780 — Map (db m60783) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Fair Haven — 9/112001 • 2011 — May We Never Forget

This piece of steel beam was a gift from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to the FHFD. It was recovered from Ground Zero.

Dedicated in the honor of those who lost their lives.

Flight 93 • W.T.C. • Pentagon FDNY - . . . — Map (db m109318) HM WM

Vermont (Rutland County), Fair Haven — Civil War Memorial

In memory of our fallen comrades 1861 - 1865 — Map (db m109312) WM

Vermont (Rutland County), Fair Haven — First Slate Quarry in Western Vermont
This area of Vermont is known for its high quality slate; the first quarry was opened on Scotch Hill in 1839 by Alonson Allen & Caleb Ranney. Allen began the first manufacture of roofing slate in Vermont in 1848. By 1869 there were seventeen . . . — Map (db m78200) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Fair Haven — Matthew LyonFair Haven's oldest mills built on falls by founder
Matthew Lyon, Irish-born leading grantee, built grist, saw and paper mills here, 1783, and a forge above. He ran first store, inn, and newspaper. As Congressman from Vermont he was jailed under the Sedition Law and later elected from Kentucky and . . . — Map (db m78211) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Fair Haven — Site of Fair Haven High School1877 - 1957

Ralph Kehoe 1928 -1989

Athlete, War Hero, Coach and Teacher

First Four Letter UVM Athlete 1973 UVM Hall of Fame Korean War Silver and Bronze [S]tars, Purple Heart 1954 – 58 FHHS coach and teacher 1956 – 57 . . . — Map (db m109317) HM WM

Vermont (Rutland County), Fair Haven — Veterans Memorial Park
Dedicated to those who have served their country in time of need

“. . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall . . . — Map (db m109316) WM

Vermont (Rutland County), Fair Haven — World War MemorialFair Haven, Vt.

Honor Roll

Ebenezer Bull • William P. Cain • Michele Fumarola George N. Greene • William H. Griffith • Charles E. Ingalls Harold S. Metcalf • Carl W. Mooney • Gordon W. Preston Harley R. Streeter • Emil Trombley • Joseph Vinci • . . . — Map (db m109315) WM

Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — Battle of HubbardtonOnly Battlefield On Vermont Soil
Here on July 7, 1777 a successful rearguard action by Colonel Seth Warner’s Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire troops ended British pursuit under Generals Frazer and Reldesel. Thus, General St. Claire’s American army, retreating from Fort . . . — Map (db m74470) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — British Flank Near Mt. Zion
Directly in front of you stands the majestic Mount Zion. From its summit the whole battlefield can be seen and it may have served as a lookout for Tory and Indian scouts who were surveying the area for the British shortly before the battle. The . . . — Map (db m11408) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — Dawn Attack
Directly ahead, through the gap in the hills, ran the Military Road which connected the American garrison at Mount Independence on Lake Champlain with sites on the Connecticut River. American forces used this road as their escape route during their . . . — Map (db m11406) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — Germans Arrive, Americans Retreat
Most of the battle waged back and forth in this field until the Americans were finally forced across the Castleton Road to the east. They took up a position there behind a log and stone fence. After some heavy fighting, Colonel Hale’s 2nd New . . . — Map (db m11411) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — Hubbardton Battle Monument
The only battle fought in Vermont during the Revolution Right side of Monument: This monument erected by citizens of Hubbardton and vicinity July 7, 1859 Back of Monument: Hubbardton Battle fought on this ground July 7, 1777 Bottom of . . . — Map (db m9230) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — Monument Hill Charge
Colonel Ebenezer Francis and his 11th Continental Regiment from Massachusetts encamped along this hilltop on the night of July 6th. To the left, down the hill toward the Selleck cabin, were Seth Warner and his Green Mountain Boys; to the right was . . . — Map (db m11407) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — The Selleck Cabin
John and Sarah Selleck built their cabin near the Castleton Road when they moved to Hubbardton from Connecticut in 1775. Like many other families, they had come here to farm and raise their families away from the crowding and turmoil in the coastal . . . — Map (db m11410) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Hubbardton — Welcome to Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Park
The only battle fought on Vermont soil during the American Revolution took place on these fields. Viewed as a rear guard action, this battle was important because it slowed the progress of the British and German pursuers long enough for the main . . . — Map (db m11405) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Killington — Mt. KillingtonState's second highest peak — scene of christening legend
Southward appears the summit of Mt. Killington, once called Pisgah, on which Rev. Samuel Peters claimed he christened the wilderness with the name "Verd-mont" in 1763. Most historians give credit to Dr. Thomas Young’s letter "to the inhabitants of . . . — Map (db m78175) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Mendon — Edward Hastings RipleyNovember 11, 1839 - September 14, 1915
Born in Rutland, Ripley enlisted in the 9th Vermont in 1862 and fought at Harper’s Ferry, Chaffin’s Farm and Second Fair Oaks. As brigade commander of the Army of the James, the general led the first Union troops into the Confederate capitol of . . . — Map (db m103338) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Mendon — John Vincent
Near this location lived "Captain John" Vincent, a member of the Caughnawaga tribe. An admirer of General George Washington, Captain John became a firm friend of the Colonies. He accompanied Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery to guide American . . . — Map (db m78176) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Middletown Springs — A. W. Gray & Sons
Near this site Albert W. Gray manufactured his horse power treadmills, which he invented and patented in 1844 and 1856. He also invented a corn sheller, patented in 1836, and a machine for making wrought iron nails.

For over 50 years the shop, . . . — Map (db m60664) HM

Vermont (Rutland County), Middletown Springs — Middletown Springs War Memorial
Plaque on Front of Monument: Middletown's Roll of Honor 1861 - 1865 1st VT Reg't.– Whitmore, Sylvanus L. 2nd VT Reg't.– Bateman, John S.•Cole, Obadiah•Perham, Merritt•Perry, Andrew J. 7th VT Reg't.– Buxton, . . . — Map (db m60814) WM
Vermont (Rutland County), Middletown Springs — Thomas Morgan House
Near this site in 1784 Thomas Morgan built the first frame house in what is now Middletown Springs. — Map (db m60907) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Mount Holly — Mount Holly Railroad History
During construction of what became the Rutland Railroad, two important events occurred in Mount Holly. In 1848, a construction crew discovered the tusk and tooth of a woolly mammoth in the nearby wetland. These are on display in the Community . . . — Map (db m104493) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Pittsford — Hammond Covered Bridge
One of four covered bridges in the town of Pittsford, this 139’ Town lattice truss bridge was built in 1842 by Asa Nourse. During the 1927 flood the bridge floated off its abutments and ended up in a field over a mile down stream. During the winter . . . — Map (db m61393) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Pittsford — Kendrick Dam, Pond, Mill, and Ice House
A sawmill was built in 1798 by Pittsford's Woodruff family about 275 feet to the north on Sugar Hollow Brook, a Furnace Brook tributary. The mill was replaced and a dam built c.1870 by the Norse family. An ice house was added, with ice cut from the . . . — Map (db m97284) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Pittsford — Pittsford's Iron Industry
Side 1 In 1791, Israel Keith built an iron blast furnace two miles east of here, adjacent to what is now Furnace Brook. Materials for the smelting process included iron ore, manganese, and charcoal from Chittenden, with limestone flux from . . . — Map (db m103340) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Pittsford — The Vermont Sanatorium
The Colonial revival building, designed by Scopes & Feustmann of Saranac Lake, NY, was constructed and endowed by Redfield Proctor and his family as a private pay institution for the treatment of Tuberculosis. Completed in 1907, the center building . . . — Map (db m76008) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Proctor — Otter Creek
Otter Creek was a passageway for Native Americans traveling across what is now Vermont from the Connecticut River to Lake Champlain. They called the falls here “The Great Falls” which at 123’ are the highest in Vermont. John Sutherland, . . . — Map (db m77971) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Proctor — Proctor (VT) War Memorial
Dedicated to those who served our country in time of conflict We cherish their sacrifice loyalty and honor A list of 20 names follows from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom — Map (db m106413) WM
Vermont (Rutland County), Proctor — Vermont Marble CompanyThe Largest Marble Company in the World
The earliest marble was quarried by the Humphrey brothers in 1836. They were followed by successive marble companies. In 1870 Redfield Proctor took over in receivership and brought the Vermont Marble Company to world prominence. Building contracts . . . — Map (db m77969) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Fort Rutland Memorial
Memorial 1775 Erected on site of Fort Rutland by Ann Story Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution June 14, 1901 — Map (db m105453) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — George Schmitt1892-1913
George Schmitt of Rutland, along with his brother, Charles, built and flew the state's first glider near here in 1909. Schmitt learned to fly in the company of Curtis, Wright and Baldwin. He was the second person to fly in Vermont. Schmitt set . . . — Map (db m78002) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Green Mountain Boys
In honor of The Green Mountain Boys Erected by The Ann Story Chapter D.A.R. 1915 — Map (db m105525) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Italian American Club of Rutland, Vermont
On March 1, 1914, the Italian American Club of Rutland was founded as a mutual aid society by approximately forty southern Italian immigrants. Their mission included teaching local Italian immigrants English and assisting them to become American . . . — Map (db m95448) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — John DeereBirthplace
John Deere was born February, 7th, 1804 the third son of William Rinold Deere and Sarah Yates Deere. It is presumed that Sarah gave birth to John at home; over William Deere’s Rutland tailor shop located on the east side of Main St. across from the . . . — Map (db m77993) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Julia C.R. Dorr1825-1913
Julia Dorr, who lived in Rutland during childhood and from 1857 until her death, was one of Vermont's most famous and best loved poets. She published hundreds of popular poems, sonnets, and prose works, which reflect a keen sense of observation and . . . — Map (db m78001) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Korea War Memorial
The Korean War left an enormous legacy that has changed the very course of the world. The struggle not only saved the southern half of the Korean peninsula from Communist rule, but also set it on the road toward Democracy. * * * * * * * * * * This . . . — Map (db m105754) WM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Major General Merritt A. EdsonUnited States Marine Corps
who was awarded the Medal of Honor Colonel Merritt A. Edson for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the First Marine Raider Battalion, with the First Parachute Battalion . . . — Map (db m105751) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Martin Henry Freeman1826-1889
Martin Freeman, born in Rutland, became the first black college president in the United States and was a member of the second East Parish Congregational Church which stood on this site. He was prepared by Pastor William Mitchell for Middlebury . . . — Map (db m77981) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Old State House
Approximately four rods from the west wall of this armory stood the "OLD STATE HOUSE" demolished in 1912, in which Vermont legislative sessions were held at intervals from 1784 to 1804 inclusive, county court from 1784 to 1793 and in 1791 the first . . . — Map (db m77992) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Old State House
When Rutland became the Shiretown in 1784, the old gambrel-roofed Tavern on this site served as Court House and State House for the Legislatures of 1784 and 1786 and the first session of the U.S. District Court of 1791. Nearby stood a whipping . . . — Map (db m109335) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Rutland — Rutland World War I Memorial
A Tribute to the Men and Women of Rutland who served in the World War In Memoriam Berta Barrett • Thomas Bashaw • Nicholas Belifore • Henry T. Bolduc • Harold Brown • Benjamin Carter • Frederic P. Clement, Jr. • Grant H. Cutler • John Dougherty • . . . — Map (db m105756) WM
Vermont (Rutland County), Shrewsbury — Brown Bridge
Built in 1880 and named after a Shrewsbury family, Brown Bridge is an exceptional illustration of 19th-century covered bridge construction and an outstanding example of a Town lattice truss, one of the most significant American timber truss types. . . . — Map (db m97286) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Wallingford — Old Stone ShopBuilt in 1848, by Batcheller & Sons, makers of pitchforks
For many years after 1808, farm implements were manufactured here. Lyman Batcheller & his sons bought the forge in 1835, and their forks became famous throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 1902 they merged with the firm making True Temper products, . . . — Map (db m95453) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Wallingford — Paul P. Harris1868-1947 — Founder of Rotary International
In this brick building, constructed by his great-grandfather in 1818, Paul P. Harris attended school as a youth and received his elementary education. Many years later, Mr. Harris expressed the conviction that it was during his boyhood in . . . — Map (db m95454) HM
Vermont (Rutland County), Wells — Birthplace of Oliver Cowdery
Oliver Cowdery, born here on 3 October 1806, was the principal scribe for the translation of the Book of Mormon and was one of three special witnesses to its divinity. He assisted the prophet Joseph Smith in organizing The Church of Jesus Christ of . . . — Map (db m108750) HM

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