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Brief History

The town  was chartered on October 20, 1761. The initial name of the town was Neshoba or Neshobe selected by Captain Josiah Powers for the newly chartered town in the New Hampshire Grants. In October of 1784, the name of the town was changed to Brandon.

The town grew and flourished during the 1800s with the discovery of marble, and iron ore. The establishment of the railroad in 1849 enabled the shipping of iron-based products.

As these early industries began to decline, dairy farming and tourism became increasingly important to ensured the economic survival of Brandon.

Brandon is the birthplace of Stephen A. Douglas, one of America’s most prominent 19th century statesmen, and his birthplace is now the Brandon Museum.

Brandon’s population hovers around 4,000 residents spread out over 75 miles of roads.[1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Brandon, Vermont: A History of the Town Dedicated to Its Citizens, Leon S. Gay, published by the Town of Brandon, 1962. [Google Books

Town of Brandon, Vermont, by Augusta W. Kellogg, in New England Magazine, November 1897 [Google eBook

Historical Photographs of Brandon and Forestdale, Vermont, Deborah S. Kirby, David Read Barker, 1976 [Google Books]

Vital Records

Probate Records

The probate district for Brandon is Rutland.

Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories

FamilySearch Library Catalog

Maps

1854 Rutland County, Brandon map

Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Brandon. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link

  • Brandon Town Cemetery
  • Congregational Church Cemetery
  • Gilbert-Cook-Goodrow Cemetery
  • Goshen Cemetery
  • June Cemetery
  • Maple Street Cemetery
  • Mitchell Cemetery
  • Pine Hill Cemetery
  • Saint Marys Cemetery
  • Sugar Hollow Cemetery

Churches  

1. Brandon Baptist Church
    15 Champlain St.
    Brandon, VT 05733
    Phone: (802) 247-3339 

2. Brandon Congregational Church
    74 Park St.
    Brandon, VT 05733
    Phone:(802) 247-6058 

3. Brandon United Methodist Church
    1 Franklin St.
    PO Box 55
   Brandon, VT 05733
   Phone: (802) 247-6524 

4. Forrest Dale Wesley Church
    1895 Forest Dale Rd.
    Brandon, VT 05733
    Phone:(802) 247-6748 

5. St Mary's Church
    38 Carver St.
    Brandon, VT 05733
    Phone:(802) 247-6351 

6. St Thomas Episcopal Church
    19 Conant Square
    Brandon, VT 05733
    Phone:(802) 247-6759 

Town Records  

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Brandon Town Clerks Office.  These include Land records 1785-1953, and town records 1846-1881. 

Brandon Town Offices
49 Center St.
Brandon, VT 05733
Phone: (802) 247-3635
Website: http://townofbrandon.com/

Newspapers  

Rutland Herald online at this link

Libraries and Historical Societies  

Brandon Free Public Library
4 Franklin St.
Brandon, VT 05733
Phone:(802) 247-8230
Website: http://www.brandonpubliclibrary.org/ 

Brandon Historical Society
Museum Building, 360 New Road, Park Village
Brandon, VT
Mailing Address: 26 Carver Street, Brandon, VT 05733
Phone: (802) 247-3280
Contact: John Peterson, President

References

  1. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.
  2. Town of Brandon, Vermont, by Augusta W. Kellogg, in New England Magazine, November 1897.


 

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