Then Again: Once-popular sport made Vermonters stars

John McMahon

Compared with the other main pugilistic sport of the late 1800s — bare-knuckle boxing — collar and elbow wrestling was almost genteel.

Then Again: American impressionist found inspiration in Vermont

Theodore Robinson

Theodore Robinson, a friend and protege of French artist Claude Monet, said Vermont “charms as much or almost as much as certain parts of France.”

Then Again: Betting on the wrong iron horse

Burlington Harbor Railroads

In the mid-1800s, Timothy Follett of Burlington and Charles Paine of Northfield competed to build the railroad that would be the primary connection between Burlington and the Connecticut River Valley.

Then Again: Barnard farm lured famous couple, but couldn’t bind them

Twin Farms

Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis called the property Twin Farms. Lewis said it was “the first place I have ever had a real home in.”

Then Again: A Vermont Yankee in the postbellum South

Marshall Twitchell

At the end of the Civil War, Marshall Twitchell was assigned to be the chief federal officer in an area of Louisiana, where he found love, power and wealth, as well as hatred and violence.

Then Again: Vermont woman went far in rank and geography

Princess Salm-Salm

On her knees, begging that an emperor’s life be spared, the princess had no time to ponder how she, a woman from Vermont, could have gotten into this situation.

Then Again: Lake Champlain long a magnet for anglers

Fitch painting

The “phenomenal increase in Champlain’s popularity during the past five years is without a parallel on any angling waters in our country,” a newspaper wrote in 1890.

Then Again: From Enosburg Falls to Red Sox fame

Larry Gardner

An athletic star with puck and baseball at Enosburg High School, Larry Gardner shone on the UVM diamond before playing nine seasons for the Red Sox.

Then Again: Joseph Battell, Vermont’s greatest philanthropist and conservationist


The Middlebury man was zealous about conserving Vermont’s natural beauty, and amassed more than 34,000 acres, most of which is now in the public domain.

Then Again: America’s first globe maker was self-taught Vermont farmer

James Wilson

In the early 1800s, James Wilson’s globes, made in Bradford, were considered equals to pricier ones made in Europe. In the years before he died at the age of 92, Wilson perfected a model planetarium.