Vermont history

Charlotte covered bridge restoration keeps history alive

“The continuity of having the bridge here is important for our historic past,” said the president of the Charlotte Historical Society. The restoration, funded largely with federal money, was celebrated Sunday.

Then Again: A one-woman rally for rights

When Clarina Howard Nichols took her activism to the Statehouse, she could hardly have been more alone.

Then Again: Hailing a new chief by lamplight

The swearing-in of Calvin Coolidge as president was so humble that about the only preparation seems to have been that his father took time to shave before administering the oath.

Then Again: Vermont government grows

During the mid-1900s, two governors – a Republican and a Democrat – wrought reforms that drastically expanded state government and its role in the lives of Vermonters.

Greg Guma: Class struggle in early 20th century Barre

By the early 1920s, although the unions were still strong, the socialist movement was in decline and a new slogan was creeping into use – The American Plan.

‘My fellow Vermonters’: A history of first words that last

Gov.-elect Phil Scott is set to repeat an inaugural oath spoken by 76 predecessors. But as his six living peers can attest, the address that follows is very much one’s own.

Then Again: From horses to hockey — thrills on the ice

People have long seen the state’s frozen waters as an invitation to play, although risk was often part of the excitement.

Then Again: The gifts of Vermont’s Ebenezer Scrooge

Silas Griffith was a harsh businessman, but today his legacy in the towns of Danby and Mount Tabor is one of generosity.

Then Again: This legal pioneer didn’t shy from a fight

Carrie Kilgore was her college’s first female law graduate and the first woman to serve as an officer in a state judiciary. She later argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Then Again: A strange kidnapping and a stranger rescue

When a woman turned to locals in Newport to help her escape the law during a custody dispute, it set in motion an elaborate shell game involving disguises and a trick with a pail of cold water.

Tyler Resch: The flood worse than Irene

In the bigger picture, the flood of 1927 moved Vermont from independence to interdependence.

Then Again: Turkey drives were 1800s version of ‘farm to table’

In an era before trains, the turkeys had to arrive at market alive, in places as far away as Boston, and the only way to get them there en masse was to make them walk.

Then Again: Fighting back against federal government

The Legislature acted in 1850 to block a law that it saw as immoral. The idea that a state can nullify federal action rests on a notion of states’ rights that had proven popular in the South.

Then Again: Maneuvers led to cries of stolen election

The gubernatorial contest of 1813 featured accusations of voter fraud, bribery and rigging of the process by powerful interests.