Vermont history

Then Again: Twain’s ill-fated brother did not prosper in Vermont

Mark Twain predicted his brother would not last as editor of a Rutland newspaper. He was right.

Then Again: A case of who done … what?

In 1800s Vermont, a case of family jealously and alleged murder takes a surprise turn.

New book on Vermont commune links the past and present

Peter Gould’s “Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm” aims to reflect timeless truths in an era of “alternative facts.”

Then Again: Mills shaped the fabric of Winooski

Mill owners were happy to hire women and recent immigrants because the businesses could pay them less. The influx gave Winooski a richer ethnic mix than most of Vermont.

Then Again: Faking money the old-fashioned way

All governments could do was threaten dire consequences. Some early currency bore the warning “Death to counterfeiters.”

Then Again: When water was the cure for what ailed you

Nearly every community seemed able to find a spring to charge people for using. Guests — who included Harriet Beecher Stowe — liked their water fetid. The smellier, the stronger the curative powers.

Then Again: Vermont helps launch an international incident

Attacking Canada might seem quixotic at best. But the Fenians had reasons to dream, and they could count on some Vermonters for support.

Can a volunteer historical society run a Vermont general store?

The town of Putney, wanting to save its downtown “grocery and gathering space” after back-to-back fires, is about to find out.

New Leahy biography rips up the usual script

Philip Baruth’s “Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes” promises the “blockbuster” story of “arguably the most powerful lawmaker Vermonters have ever sent to Washington.”

Then Again: Hetty Green and her money weren’t to be parted

The Vermonter was the richest woman on Earth at the time of her death in 1916; she was also arguably the stingiest.

Former church finds afterlife as craftsman’s workshop, home

James Gardiner just moved his business from Pennsylvania after considering many areas, including Asheville, North Carolina, and sites around the Northeast.

Then Again: Free or enslaved? Vermont court would decide

A bill of sale showed that Vermonter Stephen Jacob had purchased the woman known as Dinah. But when she could no longer work, a squabble broke out over who was responsible for her.

Long-ago first driver over I-91 bridge is also the last

Six decades after a test run over Vermont’s priciest highway span, 82-year-old Lawrence Wright became the final motorist to cross Brattleboro’s aging bridge before its coming demolition.

Then Again: Cities rise thanks to a Vermonter

With a stunt that featured perhaps the most dramatic 2-inch fall in history, Elisha Otis set in motion the transformation of the world’s cities.