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Brattleboro is a river town rich in history. It was the site of the first permanent English settlement in Vermont, Fort Dummer, in 1724. The town was chartered in 1753. It has been a printing town since William Fessenden began publishing books in 1805. For more than 100 years Brattleboro was the home of the world famous Estey Organ Company. Wells Fountain, pictured on the Society’s logo, stands at the north end of Main Street and was designed by architect William Rutherford Mead, who grew up in Brattleboro.


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Become a Member of The BHS!

We have discovered a meteoric rise in the number of people following the Brattleboro Historical Society’s social media sites. Currently, thousands of people are daily likely to view our postings of Brattleboro history. Would you consider becoming a m...

We Have a Winner!

We had over 50 answers and many questions about this car. We had 3 correct submissions and will be awarding a free one year membership to the Brattleboro Historical Society to each of the winners. They are: William Sullivan – Chief Engineer at JVC Br...

This Week in Brattleboro History: Charles Wood and the Circus

In 1820 Charles Wood was born in Centreville. Who knew he would join the circus, work with the 1st lion tamer to place his head inside a lion’s mouth and finish his career with P.T. Barnum? Here’s his story…...

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