Welcome to the Brattleboro Words Project

Please download the Brattleboro Words Trail app or access the Trail online HERE. To order a copy of Print Town: Brattleboro’s Legacy of Words click HERE, or purchase a copy at Everyone’s Books or 118 Elliot.

Download the App
Download the Brattleboro Words Trail App

The Brattleboro Words Trail leads listeners on an exciting exploration of the people and places that make it America's most storied small town.

Gallery Walk Tours
Gallery Walk visitors map
Gallery Walk Tours

Join us on the first Friday of each month for a one hour Gallery Walk Guided Tour.

Meet at 118 Elliot Street at 5pm.

Pickup a Trail Map
Pickup the Brattleboro Words Trail Map

The Brattleboro Words Trail map is available around town. Pick one up today to start your journey and share with everyone.

Downtown and Regional Maps available
Words Trail Brochure Regional
Downtown Brattleboro and Regional Maps Available
Hathaway Prize winners
Hathaway Prize Group Shot
Congratulations to the Brattleboro Words project team, winner of the Vermont Historical Society 2021 Hathaway Prize.
Lucy Prince marker
Prince Marker at VT Welcome Center
Visit the Abijah and Lucy Terry Prince historic marker at the Vermont Welcome Center
Print Town: Brattleboro’s Legacy of Words Wins National Design Award
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Photo credit: Kris Radder & Brattleboro Reformer

The Brattleboro Words Trail

From Abenakis who first lived here to the Nobel Laureates who made it their home, the Brattleboro Words Trail unlocks the secrets of America’s most storied small town. Audio stories and maps guide listeners through a treasure trove of tales told by local artists, writers and students, an array of voices illuminates the rich past of writing, printing, publishing and ‘words’ embedded in the rivers, mountains, streets and buildings. Visitors can savor the rich and varied language of this ‘Gateway to Vermont’ where stories unfold as you listen.

Vermont Folklife Center, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro Historical Society, Brooks Memorial Library and Write Action have joined forces to document how this history is embedded in particular places and make it accessible for all. People, Places & History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont (The Brattleboro Words Project) was awarded a multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant to help connect today’s citizens to the stories behind the places we share—and each other, as we help shape the future of our places—together.  

Creating the Words Trail Map

Cynthia Parker-Houghton, Lead Studio Designer at Natalie Blake Studios in Brattleboro, VT, uses the landscape to unite the narratives of the Brattleboro Words Trail.

With the generous support of many local volunteers and contributors, the Words Trail brings into vivid focus the people and places forming Brattleboro’s unique identity as a center for innovation and excellence in printing, publishing, writing and storytelling.

Get the Book!

For well over 100 years, Brattleboro was nationally recognized as a “print town.”

Print Town: Brattleboro’s Legacy of Words features over 30 authors with connections to Brattleboro, all lending a unique perspective and style to telling the story of Brattleboro’s long history, and ongoing legacy, of printing, publishing, and “words”.

“In harnessing its community’s creativity to tell the diverse and entertaining stories that make this town a nationally significant literary hub, the Brattleboro Words Trail is an exceptional resource and attraction for tourists and locals alike, offering multiple destinations around an intriguing central theme for those who seek a unique Vermont experience.”

Heather Pelham

Vermont Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing

“By bringing together partners from different backgrounds to share in a common mission, the Brattleboro Words Project helps unite the community at a time when there is too much division in the world.”

Patrick Leahy

U.S. Senator, State of Vermont

“The Brattleboro area has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to its history of book publishing, printing, literature and the like, but few people who live here, much less outsiders, appreciate this history. The Brattleboro Words Project brings these facts to the fore in an entertaining and creative way that aims to involve the whole community over time.”

Jerry Carbone

Former Director, Brooks Memorial Library