A Brattleboro Words Trail Site

The Brattleboro Retreat

The Brattleboro Retreat in 1844. Courtesy of the Brattleboro Historical Society.

Go north on Main Street through downtown Brattleboro, past the library and bubbling Wells Fountain, and you’ll crest the hill onto a public park. Look through the trees and you’ll see flickers of an elegant clock tower. This clock tower watches over college-like campus of the Brattleboro Retreat, a pioneering mental health hospital that has been a cornerstone in Brattleboro since 1836. The Retreat and it’s grounds encompass more than 1000 acres along the West River, from its stately campus and adjacent farm to a networks public trails and even a haunted tower.

Brattleboro Students on the Retreat

This podcast produced by Joe Rivers and his Brattleboro Area Middle School students recounts the origin story of Brattleboro Retreat and Anna Marsh, the woman who founded the hospital in 1834, then called the Vermont Asylum for the Insane.

These student podcasts are not included in the final Brattleboro Words Trail audio stories.

Site research in progress. Check back soon for more of the story.

On The Map

1 Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

The Brattleboro Retreat

About the Research sites

The Brattleboro Words Project is working with the community to identify specific sites and themes significant to the study of words in Brattleboro and surrounding towns. Research Teams – classrooms/teachers, amateur historians, veterans, writers, artists and other community members — will produce audio segments and other work to be incorporated into audio walking, biking and driving tours tours.

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