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July 21, 2020

Brattleboro, Vermont in the Mid-1970s Through Amazing Vintage Photos

Brattleboro, originally Brattleborough, is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The most populous municipality abutting Vermont's eastern border with New Hampshire, which is the Connecticut River, Brattleboro is located about 10 miles (16 km) north of the Massachusetts state line, at the confluence of Vermont's West River and the Connecticut.

Marlboro College Center for Graduate and Professional Studies and SIT Graduate Institute are located in the town. There are satellite campuses of three colleges as well: Community College of Vermont, Union Institute and University, and Vermont Technical College. The town is home to the New England Center for Circus Arts and the Vermont Jazz Center.

These fascinating photos from Vermont Historical Society were taken by Paul Carnahan for a high school project in 1975.

Looking north along Putney Road. Notice the old gas station still standing in the distance

Aerial view from Retreat Tower

Bridge Street with the Railroad Diner on the left and the bridge to Hinsdale, New Hampshire straight ahead

Deacon John Holbrook House on Linden Street overlooking the common

Former Estey Mansion, then and now the Elks Lodge, on Putney Road

Housing development built in 1971 on the site of "Florence Terrace," an Estey family home off School Street

Lawton Hall of the Brattleboro Retreat

Linden Hall of the Brattleboro Retreat

Looking down on Flat Street from Elliot Street toward the Ford dealership. At one point it was called Preston's, but here it is Nichols Ford

Newly renovated Brook House Hotel at the corner of Main and High Streets, with Dunkin' Donuts in front

Putney Road South

Retreat Tower

Sam's Army Navy Store and The Good Life natural foods store on Main Street hill, looking south

Sandanona on the Bliss Farm, which in 1962 was purchased by the Experiment in International Living, now known as World Learning

The Brattleboro Retreat as seen from the Retreat Tower

The Creamery Bridge in its original location

The Estey Organ Company buildings on Birge Street, as seen from on high

The Holstein-Friesian Association building, erected in 1917

The Union Station in Brattleboro before the intersection was reconfigured and before the Marlboro College building was built next door

West Village Meeting House

Zephyr Store on Main Street hill


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