Early days in Windsor 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). The 70 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 Andover, Baltimore, Barnard, Bethel, Bridgewater, Cavendish, Chester, Hartford, Hartland, Ludlow, Norwich, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, Springfield, Stockbridge, Weathersfield, Weston, West Windsor, Windsor, Woodstock. Early settlers, revolutionary times, Indian uprisings and incidents, physical features, industrial development, notable citizens, such as Hiram Powers, George P. Marsh, and Titus Hutchinson, political events, like a riot in 1786, churches, and Norwich University are among the topics in this booklet. The WPA excerpts include a separate sections on the cities of Windsor, Springfield and Woodstock, with Points of Interest for each. 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 the quality is only fair.
Windsor County, VT
Sources: History and Description of New England - Vermont / History of Windsor County Vermont
Authors: A.J. Coolidge and J.B. Mansfield
Original Publication Year: 1860
Original Publisher: Austin J. Coolidge
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