William Czar Bradley: Westminster

William Czar Bradley (Photo: The Vermont Historical Society)

On the main thoroughfare through Westminster, Vermont, is a two-room time capsule. Likened to King Tut’s tomb, the humble white building is former law office of William Czar Bradley, preserved in the same state Bradley left it when he locked the doors in 1858. Since 2014, the office’s doors have been opened to visitors every Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, July through August—all you have to do is step inside to travel back in time.

William Czar Bradley represented Vermont in Congress from 1813-15 and 1823-27. He left the public sector to practice and teach law out of his small office on the “King’s Highway” in Westminster. When he retired in 1858, it was as though he simply left the building for a brief stroll—everything remained untouched, and would be for the next 140 years.

 

The Vermont Division of Historic Preservation has made this brief video about Bradley and his law office:

On The Map

King’s Highway, Westminster, VT

Abijah Prince Road

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Jessie Haas

Jessie Haas

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