Early days in Orleans County, VT, are recalled through a mix of colorful tales, factual data and trivia, in this booklet comprised of excerpts from three rare vintage books: The Geography and History of Vermont by S.R. Hall (1871); History and Description of New England - Vermont by A.J. Coolidge and J.B. Mansfield (1860); and Vermont, a Guide to the Green Mountain State, written by the Workers of the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA (1937) and A History of Coventry, Orleans County, Vermont by Pliny H. White (1859). The 62 page booklet is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper with the print size enlarged as needed to fit the 8 1/2 x 11 size. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. A major part of the booklet consists of histories of each township (town), which vary in size depending on the prominence of the town and its historical significance. The towns and villages include Albany, Barton, Brownington, Charleston, Coventry, Craftsbury, Derby, Glover, Greensboro, Holland, Irasburgh, Jay, Morgan, Newport, Salem, Troy, Westfield, Westmore. Tales of Rogers Rangers, the international border, Lake Willoughby, Craftsbury Common, the phenomenon of Runaway Pond, Early settlers, etc. are among the items of interest. The special section on the town of Coventry is filled with details of early life in Orleans County, as well as names of many early residents. The WPA excerpts include a separate section on Newport. The other WPA excerpts, while not up-to-date as a tour guide, remain a fascinating source of historical tidbits. There are some illustrations, but their quality is only fair.
Orleans County, VT
Sources: History and Description of New England - Vermont / History of Orleans County Vermont
Authors: A.J. Coolidge and J.B. Mansfield
Original Publication Year: 1860
Original Publisher: Austin J. Coolidge
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