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Slavery In Vermont

Vermont Biographies

Basic Facts
The Vermont region was explored and claimed for France by Samuel de Champlain in 1609
First French settlement was established at Fort Ste. Anne in 1666.
The first English settlers moved into the area in 1724
England gained control of the area in 1763 after the French and Indian Wars.
In 1777 Vermont adopted its first constitution, abolishing slavery and providing for universal male suffrage without property qualifications.

Famous People

Famous Vermonters

Contributed by Fawn

  • Sherman Adams governor, East Dover
  • Chester Alan Arthur U.S. president, Fairfield
  • Orson Bean actor, Burlington
  • Calvin Coolidge U.S. president, Plymouth
  • Thomas Davenport inventor, Williamstown
  • John Deere inventor, Rutland
  • George Dewey admiral, Montpelier
  • John Dewey philosopher, educator, Burlington
  • Stephen A. Douglas politician, Brandon
  • James Fisk financial speculator, Bennington
  • Wilbur Fisk clergyman, educator,
  • Ralph E. Flanders senator, Barnet
  • Horace A. Tabor silver king, Holland
  • Justin Morrill politician, Strafford
  • Richard Morris Hunt architect, Brattleboro
  • William Morris Hunt painter, Bratleboro
  • Elisha Graves Otis inventor, Halifax
  • Moses Pendleton choreographer
  • Patty Sheehan golfer, Middlebury
  • Joseph Smith religious leader, Sharon
  • Ernest Thompson actor, writer
  • Rudy Vallee singer, band leader, Island Pond
  • Henry Wells pioneer entrepreneur, Thetford
  • Brigham Young religious leader, Whitingham

Famous People From Vermont

  • Carlton Fisk baseball player

Resources


Addison Town Historical Society

  • Old Town Hall, Addison, VT
  • Mailing Address: 3968 VT Route 22A, Addison, VT 05491
  • Phone: 802-759-2380
  • Contact: Irwin Clark, co-president
  • There is no established museum; visitors by appointment


Bridport Historical Society
  • VT Route 22A & Crown Point Road, Bridport, VT (Large white building)
  • Mailing Address: 3177 Crown Point Road, Bridport, VT 05734
  • Email: msunderland@gmavt.net msunderland@gmavt.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-758-2654
  • Contact: Margaret Sunderland, historian
  • The Ephraim Gray house was built about 1812. The society's collection includes artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts reflecting life in Bridport from 1800 to the present. Genealogical files are available at the town clerk's office, Monday - Friday.   Visitors by appointment, handicap accessible.


Bristol Historical Society
  • Howden Hall Community Center, 19 West Street, Bristol, VT
  • Mailing Address: 19 West Street, Bristol, VT 05443
  • Email: lscoffin@gmavt.net lscoffin@gmavt.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-453-3439
  • Contact: Sylvia Coffin, president
  • At various times a church, a store, and a school, Howden Hall has been restored for a variety of community uses. The historical society displays collections including photographs, maps, postcards, posters, and newspapers. Visitors by appointment. Free. Handicap accessible.


Cornwall Historical Society
  • Cornwall Town Hall, 2629 VT Route 30, Cornwall, VT
  • Mailing Address: c/o Town Hall, 2629 VT Route 30, Cornwall, VT 05753
  • Email: ctall@shoreham.net ctall@shoreham.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-462-2775
  • Contact: Cy Day Tall, president
  • The society has a growing collection of artifacts and archives in its office in the Cornwall
  • town hall. Historical property records and genealogical information are available at the town clerk's office (Sue Johnson, town clerk, 802-462-2775, cornwallvt@shoreham.net cornwallvt@shoreham.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Visitors by appointment.


East Middlebury Historical Society
  • Sarah Partridge Community House, 431 East Main Street, East Middlebury, VT
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 2, East Middlebury, VT 05740
  • Email: lkmuller@comcast.net lkmuller@comcast.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Contact: Lorrie Muller, treasurer
  • The society has a small collection, mostly ephemera, in the Sarah Partridge Community House. Meetings are held four times per year. Visitors by appointment.


Ferrisburgh Historical Society
  • Mailing Address: 1217 Sand Road, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456
  • E-mail: cmlangwo@verizon.net cmlangwo@verizon.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-877-3217
  • Contact: Charles Langworthy, president
  • The society does not have a building, but has collections of hardware, tools, paper, histories, and photographs located with its members. Visitors by appointment.


Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
  • 1 Park Street, Middlebury, VT
  • Mailing Address: 1 Park Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
  • Website: www.henrysheldonmuseum.org
  • Email: info@henrysheldonmuseum.org info@henrysheldonmuseum.org This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-388-2117
  • Contact: Mary Epright, collections manager
  • The museum offers tours, exhibits, and programs aimed at facilitating an understanding of regional Vermont history through sharing with the community a wealth of objects and written materials that document the history of Middlebury, Addison County, and Vermont.   It also has a gallery, a shop, and gardens.
  • Hours and Admission:
    • Museum: June - October 7: Tues–Sat., 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00pm; fall/winter/spring: Tues–Sat., 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Research Center: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Thursday, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm;   1st Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, or by appointment. Admission fee.


Lincoln Historical Society
  • 18th Century Farmhouse & 19th Century Barn Museum, 88 Quaker Street, Lincoln, VT
  • Mailing Address: 88 Quaker Street, Lincoln, VT 05443
  • Email: larrymasterson@gmavt.net larrymasterson@gmavt.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-453-3371
  • Contact: Larry Masterson, treasurer
  • The society has a collection of local artifacts in a restored 18th-century farmhouse and a 19th-century barn in a meticulously landscaped setting. Exhibits change annually. Activities include opening day festivities in May, a harvest festival in late September, and a pumpkin-carving contest in October.
  • Hours and Admission: Memorial Day - October: 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, or by appointment.


Monkton Museum & Historical Society
  • Mailing Address: 280 Monkton Ridge, North Ferrisburgh, VT, 05473
  • Phone: 802-482-2277
  • Contact: Gill Coates, president.
  • The society does not own a building, but there is a small collection. Meetings are the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Monkton town hall. Current projects include gravestone transcription of all the stones in Monkton and preservation of the East Monkton Church.
  • Visitors by appointment.


New Haven Historical Society
  • Mailing Address: 89 North Street, New Haven, VT 05472
  • Phone: 802-453-3947
  • Contact: Betty Bell, president
  • There is no established museum. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the New Haven Congregational Church.
  • Call for hours and admission.


Orwell Historical Society

Orwell Free Library, Main Street, VT Route 73, Orwell, VT

  • Mailing Address: PO Box 85, Orwell, VT 05760
  • Website: www.historic-orwell-vermont.com
  • Phone: 802-948-2049
  • Contact: Steve Buxton, president
  • The society's collection of Orwell history from the Revolutionary War through World War II to the present day is housed at the library.
  • Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - noon.


Salisbury Historical Society
  • Town Hall, Maple Street, Salisbury, VT 05769
  • Mailing Address: 62 Misty Lane, Salisbury, VT 05769
  • Email: fbrush@hotmail.com fbrush@hotmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-352-4506
  • Contact: Fletcher Brush, president
  • There is no museum at this time. Plans are to rebuild an eighteenth-century settler's cabin near the site of Ann Story's cabin. Meetings take place at the Salisbury town hall.
  • Visitors by appointment.


Shoreham Historical Society
  • Stone Schoolhouse Museum, VT Route 22A, Shoreham, VT
  • Mailing Address: 91 Doolittle Road, Shoreham, VT 05770
  • Website: www.steve-world.com/ShorehamHS/SHShome.htm
  • Email: gdbirdsall@yahoo.com gdbirdsall@yahoo.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-897-2572
  • Contact: Dale Birdsall, president.
  • A former stone schoolhouse (1839) has photographs, documents, arrowheads, and extensive genealogical files pertaining to the Shoreham area. There are also locally made sleighs, a barn loom, and other large objects at Newton Academy on School Street.
  • Visitors year-round by appointment.


Starksboro Historical Society
  • Mailing Address: 2174 Big Hollow Road, Starksboro, VT 05487
  • Website: www.starksborohistoricalsociety.org
  • Email: ruthbee@gmavt.net ruthbee@gmavt.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-453-3469
  • Contact: Ruth Beecher, secretary.
  • This society, formed in 2005, does not have a museum. The society meets the 4th Thursday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. at the town hall.
  • Call or email for hours and admission.


Vergennes Area History Club
  • Mailing Address: 2970 Lime Kiln Road, New Haven, VT 05472
  • Email: ninam@together.net ninam@together.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 802-877-3070
  • Contact: Nina Bacon, president.
  • The society collects the history of the Vergennes area, and has recently
Newspaper

Miscellaneous News Articles

Necrology of Vermont, 1869

Necrology of Vermont, 1870

Necrology of Vermont for 1871

Necrology of Vermont for 1872

Necrology of Vermont, 1873

Necrology of Vermont, 1874

Necrology of Vermont for 1878


Necrology of Vermont, 1881

Necrology of Vermont, 1882

Necrology of Vermont 1883

Necrology of Vermont for 1884

Summary of Events of 1901 - Part 1
Summary of Events of 1901 - Part 2

Summary of Events of 1902

Summary of Events of 1904 (part 1)
Summary of Events of 1904 (part 2)

Summary of Events of 1903 (Part 1)
Summary of Events of 1903 (Part 2)

Summary of Events of 1906

Summary of Events of 1908 - Part 1
Summary of Events of 1908 - Part 2
 


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