BARNET – Senator Ralph E. Flanders was born here in 1880.
BARRE – Hope Cemetery here has many unusual granite sculpture monuments such as a cube balanced on one corner, a couple sitting up in bed, in pajamas, holding hands, their tombs stretched out before them, a soldier smoking a cigarette; a portrait of his wife or girlfriend floats in a curl of smoke, a half-size replica of race car, a soccer ball, a man on a motorcycle, a baseball player, a bi-plane, a bay window of a home, an 18-wheel truck, a dying man held by his wife, and a carved portrait of a family. The cemetery is at 175 Maple Ave. GO THERE
u Barre is noted for being the granite capital of the world. Most of the granite for America's cemetery headstones comes from the Barre area. Barre Gray granite has been used for products since the late 1700's. In the 1800's, Barre was the perfect location for work on monuments due to the coloring and texture of the granite. This attracted hundreds of immigrants to Barre where they were employed as stone cutters.The Rock of Ages quarry here covers 20 acres,
BELLOWS FALLS – Actor/writer Ernest Thompson was born here in 1879.
u Millionairess Hetty Green is buried here in the Immanuel Cemetery. She was the richest woman in the world during the early 20th Century. An eccentric, her nickname was the "Witch of Wall Street."
BENNINGTON – Financier James Fisk was born here in 1834.
u Poet/writer Robert Frost is buried here in the Old Bennington Cemetery.
u Movie producer Sidney Glazier is buried here in the Park Lawn Cemetery.
BRANDON – Politician Stephen A. Douglas was born here in 1813.
BRATTLEBORO – Born here in Brattleboro were: educator Wilbur Fisk in 1792, artist William Morris Hunt in 1824, and architect Richard Morris in 1827.
u Novelist Saul Bellow is buried here in the Shir He Harim Graveyard.
BROOKFIELD – Brookfield is best known for its floating bridge which spans Sunset Lake buoyed by pontoons. The bridge, which is the only floating bridge east of the Mississippi River, was originally built in 1820 by the towns people of Brookfield, who had enjoyed the efficient travel across sunset lake provided by the ice in the winter, created a bridge of logs to use in the summer. The logs were replaced each year until 1884 when a bridge was devised using tarred barrels that floated on the water. In 1978 the wooden barrels were replaced with plastic containers filled with styrofoam. The bridge is just off Rte 14, south of Williamstown
BURLINGTON – Born here in Burlington were: philosopher John Dewey in 1859, former first lady Grace Goodhue Coolidge in 1879, actor Orson Bean in 1928, and serial killer Ted Bundy (Cowell) in 1946 at the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers.
u The first Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream store opened here in 1978
in an old gas station at the SW corner of St. Paul and College Sts. The site is now a parking lot.
u Ethan Allen, Revolutionary war hero is buried here in Greenmount Cemetery on Colchester Ave.
u Actress Veronica Lake died here in 1973 and was cremated in St. Johnsbury.
CAVENDISH – Maria Nettie Stevens was born here in Cavendish in 1861. She discovered chromosome X& Y.
u On September 13, 1848, Phineas Gage was the foreman of a railway construction gang working for the contractors preparing the bed for the Rutland and Burlington Rail Road near Cavendish when an accidental explosion of a charge he had set blew his tamping iron through his head. The tamping iron, much like a crow-bar, was 3 feet 7 inches long and weighed 131/2 pounds. It was 1 1/4 inches in diameter at one end and tapered over a distance of about 1-foot to a diameter of 1/4 inch at the other. The tamping iron went in point first under his left cheek bone and completely out through the top of his head, landing behind him. Phineas was knocked over but may not have lost consciousness even though most of the front part of the left side of his brain was destroyed and his scalp was torn and his skull was fractured. Dr. John Martyn Harlow, a young physician of Cavendish, treated him with such success that he returned home to Lebanon, New Hampshire 10 weeks later. By the middle of 1849, he returned back to work where he was fitful, irreverent, and grossly profane, showing little deference for other workers. According to his friends, he was "No longer Gage." His health began to fail in 1859, and he died on May 21, 1860 in San Francisco. In 1867 his body was exhumed, and his skull and the tamping iron was sent to the Warren Museum of the Medical School of Harvard University where they were studied. They are now on display at Harvard's Countway Library of Medicine. READ MORE
COLCHESTER – Baseball player Ray Collins was born here in 1887. He is buried here in the Colchester Village Cemetery.
EAST DORSET – William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous was born here in 1895. He is buried here in the East Dorset Cemetery.
EAST DOVER – Politician Sherman Adams was born here in 1899.
ESSEX CENTER – Baseball player Bert Wood Abbey is buried here in the Mountain View Cemetery. He played for the Washington Senators in 1892, Chicago Colts from 1893 to 1895, and Brooklyn Giants from 1895 to 1896.
FAIRFIELD – U. S. President Chester A. Arthur was born here in 1859.
HAILIFAX – Inventor Elisha Graves Otis was born here in 1811. He invented the elevator.
HOLLAND – Colorado millionaire silver mine owner Horace A. Tabor was born here in 1830.
ISLAND POND – Singer Rudy Vallee was born here in 1901.
MIDDLEBURY – Golfer Patty Sheehan was born here in 1956.
u John Deere, inventor of the steel plow grew up here.
MONTPELIER – Admiral George Dewey was born here in 1837.
u Montpelier has the smallest population of any state capital.
u Montpelier is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.
NEWFANE– At a town hall meeting here in 2006, an impeachment article was approved by a paper ballot 121-29 to impeach President George Bush.
NORTH BENNINGTON – Composer Carl Ruggles is buried here in the Grandview Cemetery.
NORTH WESTMINISTER – Actress Ellen Demming is buried here in the Oak Hill Cemetery. She played Meta Bauer on Guiding Light from 1954 to 1974.
NORWICH – Baseball player Ulysses John Lupien is buried here in the Hillside Cemetery. He played fpr the Boston Red Sox from 1940 to 1943, the Philadelphia Phillies from 1944 to 1945 and the Chicago White Sox in 1948. He also was the coach of the Dartmouth University baseball team from 1954 to 1977.
PLYMOUTH – U. S. President Calvin Coolidge was born here in 1872.
u President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, first lady Grace are buried here in Plymouth Notch Cemetery.
RUTLAND – Born here in Rutland were: inventor of the steel plow John Deere in 1804, and politician James Jeffords in 1934.
u America's first polio epidemic occurred here in Rutland and Wallingford, when 123 cases were reported between June 17, and September 1, 1894.
SHARON – Mormon leader Joseph Smith was born here in 1805.
SHELBURNE – The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is located here at 6655 Shelburne Road. It is the home of the Original Bear-Gram.
u The S.S. Ticonderoga was built here in 1906 in the shipyards at Shelburne Harbor on Lake Champlain. For 47 years, this stell-hulled sidewheeler cruised the length and breadth of Lake Champlain carrying passengers, freight and even the automobiles which, in the end, did so much to bring about her forced retirement. By 1950, the aging steamboat was no longer a paying proposition and seemed destined to be broken up for its value as scrap metal.. Today, the ship is preserved on the grounds of the Shelburne Museum. It is one of the last walking beam side-wheel passenger steamboats in existence, and a Registered Historic Place.
u Chemist William Mitchell is buried here in the Shelburne Village Cemetery. He invented pop rocks, Cool Whip, Jell-O and Tang's flavoring agent. He was a chemist for General Foods Corporation.
SHOREHAM – U. S. Vice President Levi Morton was born here in 1824.
STOWE – George and Maria von Trapp of Sound of Music fame are buried here at the Trapp Family Lodge. The family lived here in Stowe for many years.
STRAFFORD – Politician Justin Morrill was born here in 1810.
STRATTON – Daniel Webster gave an election campaign speech here to 20,000 people in 1840. Once located about four miles west of West Wardsboro, nothing is left of Stratton except holes where cellars used to be.
u Poet and author Robert Penn Warren is buried here in the Wills Cemetery. He wrote the novel All the King's Men.
THETFORD – Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo & Co. was born here in 1805.
TOWNSEND – Buried here in the Oakwood Cemetery are:
– Arthur Beckhard, actor. He is in Division 5, Plot 8, at the foot of grave 2 (near Esther Dale)
– Esther Dale, actress and wife of Arthur Beckhard.
WARDSBORO – Poet/author Robert Penn Warren is buried here in the West Wardsboro Cemetery. He wrote the novel All the King's Men.
WATERBURY –- The Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory is located here.
WEST DOVER – Actor William Donald MacLaughlin is buried here in the West Dover Cemetery. He played “Chris Hughes” on the soap opera As The World Turns from 1956 to 1986. He also played the role of Chief Justice Earl Warren in the television mini-series, Kennedy in 1983.
WEST WINDSOR – Actor Charles Bronson is buried here in the Brownsville Cemetery.
WHITINGHAM – Mormon religious leader Brigham Young was born here in 1801.
WILLIAMSON – Inventor Thomas Davenport was born here in 1801. He invented a device for improvements in propelling machinery by magnetism and electromagnetism in 1837.
WOODSTOCK – America's first ski tow was built here in 1933.
u Actor Otis Skinner is buried here in the River Street Cemetery. His daughter was actress Cornelia Otis Skinner.