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“Bradford: Home of Maker of 1st Globes and Birthplace of Adm. Clark”

Found on state route 5 in Bradford, Vermont

Inscription: “James Wilson, a Bradford farmer and self-taught engraver, in early 1800’s made and sold the first geographical globes in the U.S.  Adm. Chas. Clark, born here in 1843, was Captain of the “Oregon,” which sailed around Cape Horn to defeat Spanish at Santiago Bay in 1898.”

VT Road Marker Bradford


“Henry Stevens & Henry Stevens, jr.”

Found on State Route 5 in Barnet, Vermont

Inscription (side one): “Henry Stevens” Side: “Born in Barnet on December 13, 1791, and educated at Peacham Academy, Henry Stevens was at various times a farmer, innkeeper, mill owner, legislator, postmaster, temperance leader, state line proprietor, and operator of the Passumpsic Turnpike.  A dedicated antiquarian who assembled Vermont’s first great collection of historical materials, in 1838 he became a founder and the first president of the Vermont Historical Society.  Stevens died on July 30, 1867, and is buried in the Stevens Cemetery.”

Inscription (side two): “Henry Stevens, jr.” Side: “Born in Barnet on August 24, 1819, Henry Stevens, Jr. inherited a love of books and historical research from his father.  In 1845 he went to England, where he became his generation’s greatest antiquarian book dealer, helping to build the Americana holdings of the British Museum, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, and such eminent collectors as James Lenox and John Carter Brown.  Fond of signing his letters ‘G.M.B.’ for ‘Green Mountain Boy,’ Stevens died in 1866 and is buried in London under a monument made of Barre granite that bears the inscription ‘Lover of Books'”

VT Road Marker Henry Stevens Barnet

“Henry Stevens”

VT Road Marker Henry Stevens jr Barnet

“Henry Stevens, jr.”

“Alden Partridge (1785 – 1854)”

Found in the Town Common of Norwich. Vermont

Inscription: “A native of Norwich, Vermont, Alden Partridge was a pioneer in American military education.  Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1815 to 1817, he returned here in 1819 to found the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy, which, in 1834, became Norwich University, now located in Northfield, VT.  Partridge’s innovative curriculum, called the ‘American System of Education,’ combined military, practical, scientific and liberal instruction.  The educational system established here served as a model for eighteen military academies and colleges founded throughout the United States.  The Morrill Land- Grant Act of 1862 and the 1916 legislation which created the Reserve Officers Training Corps are extensions of Partridge’s theories of education.”

VT Road Marker Alden Partridge Norwich

“Alden Partridge”

“Norwich University”

Found just outside of the Town Common of Norwich, Vermont

Inscription: “This tablet marks the site of the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy.  Founded by Captain Alden Partridge in 1819 and incorporated as the Norwich University by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont in 1834.  Following a disastrous fire in 1866 the institution was removed to Northfield, Vermont.”

VT Road Marker Norwich University Norwich

“Norwich University”

“Theta Chi Fraternity”

Found just outside of the Town Common of Norwich, Vermont

Inscription: “Near this spot stood the Old South Barracks of Norwich University where at 9:00 P.M. April 10, 185 Theta Chi Fraternity was founded by Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase.”

VT Road Market Theta Chi Fraternity Norwich

“Theta Chi Fraternity”

“First Public Grammar School located on this site”

Found just outside of the Town Common of Norwich, Vermont

Inscription: “On June 17, 1785, the Vermont General Assembly enacted a law which designated ‘ the place for keeping a County Grammar School in and for Windsor County, shall be at the house commonly known by the name the Red Schoolhouse in Norwich,’ thus initiating the provision of Vermont’s First Constitution for schools of secondary learning.”

VT Road Marker First Public Grammar School Norwich

“First Public Grammar School”

“Samuel Morey” Pioneer Inventor of Steam and Gas Engines lived here”

Found on State Route 5 in the Fairlee, Vermont

Inscription: “Samuel Morey, resident of Orford (New Hampshire) and later Fairlee (Vermont), successfully operated a steamboat on the Conn. River in 1793.  Making over 4000 experiments, this early scientist patented an internal combustion engine in 1826 to anticipate the age of the motor car and airplane.”

VT Road Marker Samuel Morey Fairlee

“Samuel Morey”

The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls

Found on I-91 heading north at the Scenic Overlook in Barnet, Vermont

Inscription (side one):  “The Connecticut River, starting at the International Boundary, flows 380 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.  In its course the river falls 1,640 feet.  In 1928, the New England Power Association started a two-year project to build one of the largest hydro-electric developments in the country.  The dam is located in the towns of Monroe, NH and Barnet, VT and is 275 miles above the river’s mouth.  When dedicated on September 30, 1930 President Herbert Hoover pressed a button at the White House to start the first of four generating units.”

“This marker commemorates 75 years of continual operation of this project and is dedicated to the builders, operators, and neighbors of this first Fifteen Mile Falls Development.  (continued on other side)”

Inscription (side two):  “The dam has earth embankments, a concrete gravity spillway and intake section, steel penstocks, and powerhouse.  The reservoir has a surface area of 1,093 acres at elevation of 650 feet above sea level and extends seven miles upstream.  The dam is 2,253 feet long with a maximum height of 170 feet.  The dam can pass flows through hydraulic operated sluice gates, flash boards, and stanchion bays as well as the turbines.  The discharge capacity at full pond would be 99,000 cubic feet of water per second.”

“The powerhouse contains four turbines, at a combined rating of 216,800 horse power and the 162,300 kilowatts is enough to power 162,300 homes.  At the present time hydroelectricity accounts for five percent of New England’s power needs.”

Picture of VT Road Marker Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls 1 Barnet, Vermont

“The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls” Side 1

Picture of VT Road Marker Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls 2 Barnet, Vermont

“The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls” Side 2

Picture of VT Comerford Dam Long View

Comerford Dam Long View

Picture of VT Comerford Dam Close View

Comerford Dam Close View

“Bradford: James Wilson, Globe Maker”

Found on I-91 heading north at the Bradford, Vermont Rest Stop

Inscription: “Located 100 yards beyond this marker is the site where James Wilson had his home and workshop.  Between 1808 and 1810 Wilson made and sold the first terrestrial and celestial globes in North America.  Born in Londonderry, N.H., in 1763, Wilson was a farmer and blacksmith who moved to Bradford in 1795.  He taught himself astronomy and geography and studies with Amos Doolittle in CT to learn engraving, skills he needed to make globes.  Wilson died in Bradford in 1855 at the age of 92.”

Picture of VT Road Marker James Wilson Globe Maker Bradford, Vermont

“Bradford James WIlson, Globe Maker”

“Site of Log Hut”

Found on State Route 10A in Norwich, Vermont just before bridge crossing the Connecticut River into Hanover, New Hampshire

Inscription: “Site of log hut, where the Hutchinson and Messenger families were the first to winter in Norwich in 1764.  Erected by the Norwich Historical Society in Memory of Professor Allen Richard Foley, Vermont Legislator and historian.  1898 – 1978”

Picture of VT Road Marker Norwich Log Hut Norwich, Vermont

“Log Hut”

Picture of VT Norwich Log Hut

Log Hut Site

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