The Woods Library Building: Bradford, Vermont

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Picture of Woods Library Building in Bradford, Vermont

Woods Library Building in Bradford, Vermont

As part of our weekly building history series, today we take a look at the The Woods Library Building in Bradford, Vermont:

“In 1796, Bradford gained the honor and distinction of being the first town in Vermont in which a library was chartered. In 1895, John L. Woods willed a sum of $15,000.00 to the Bradford Public Library. After purchasing the land for $500.00 the present day library was built. On July 4, 1895, the Woods Library was dedicated with proper ceremonies. Lambert Packard designed the building along with the present day Richardson Block. Mr. Packard was sent to school by the famous Fairbanks family, who established the Fairbanks Museum.”

“We [Bradford] are very proud to have this beutiful library in our town and very thanful for the gift bestowed on us be Mr. J.L. Woods. As stated in the address at the dedication in 1895, ‘Two sentiments dominate the day–loyalty to the nation and the love of learning. Our first duty is to acknowledge our obligation to the man to whose generous gift Bradford owes its first permanent library building.'”

Picture of Woods Library Building on Main Street in Bradford, Vermont

Woods Library Building in Bradford, Vermont (view from Main Street)

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