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Brandon, Vermont's original name was Neshobe. Was chartered in Oct 20,1761. Name changed to Brandon by the Assembly of the State of Vermont Oct.20 1784. It was named after an English Nobleman the Earl of Brandon. It was not named after Burnet-town like most town folks thought. First occupent the Native Americans and then Amos Cutler he adventually became our first blacksmith. Brandon saw many Indian raids as more settlers arrived. The electric motor was invented here by Davenport. We had saw mills and grist mills that were built on the Neshobe River. We a large blast furnace where locally mined ore was smelted. Which allowed such industries as shovel making and the Old Conant Stove to be made. This was the first cook stove produced in Vermont. For many years Ochre was mined;When mixed with oil this clay perrmeated with iron made a great paint. Howe Scale was another buisiness that got started in Brandon around 1857 manufacturing the perfect "weighing device".

This is a taste of Brandons past and of course we don't want to forget later in years what Brandon did to help slaves find freedom from bondage through our Underground Railroad system. We have a great history in some of our houses of hidden passages and hidden rooms. There was also a famous statue of a little boy in the middle of a fountain. History tells us that when water came out of the fountain it meant one thing and when no water came out it meant something else, this was a sign to the slave to know whether it was safe to approach the house. This statue is now found at the Library in the center of town for all to see. - M. Stone




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