Brattleboro Words Trail
Self-Guided, Community-Created Audio Tours for Walking, Biking and Driving
Telling Our Story
Brattleboro and its environs has a rich and varied history of writing, from Abenakis using writing to defend their homeland and Lucy Terry Prince, regarded as the first African-American poet, to Nobel Prize winners and contemporary authors.
Marlboro College, the Brattleboro Literary Festival, the Brattleboro Historical Society, Brooks Memorial Library and Write Action have joined forces to document how this history is embedded in particular places & make it easily accessible for all. Peoples, Places & History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont (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.
Project scholars guide community and classroom-based teams to research the stories and people associated with sites for the ‘Brattleboro Words Trail,’ a web-based platform & mobile app featuring downloadable maps for audio-enhanced walking, biking & driving tours that catalogue our literary treasures while stimulating wider interest in the Brattleboro area.
Did you know…
…our Project builds on the success of the Brattleboro Historical Society’s more than 175, Brattleboro Area Middle School Student podcasts, available on the BHS website?
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How can I participate?
Join a growing group of Project participants and supporters excited to explore local history, strengthen our communities, support local education and contribute to a project that will bring in more visitors:
Research a site or person of interest and learn how to make podcasts for the Brattleboro Words Trail.
Volunteer to help with an event and media.
Make a tax-deductible donation at our website or mail check to:
Marlboro College/Brattleboro Words Project
118 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Our News And Events
Local Literary Legends and "Lucy Speaks" MILES Exhibit at the 2019 Guilford Fair Sunday September 1 and Monday September 2, 10:00AM to 3:00PM 163 Fairground Road, Guilford, VT 05301 How well do you know your Guilford history? Do you know the story of Lucy Terry...read more
Words on the Water: Stories of Wantastegok, the West River and Abenaki Presence Friday, August 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm The Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301 Since construction of the Vernon Dam flooded the Retreat Meadows 110 years ago, Abenaki...read more
Thursday, June 13, 6:00PM at CX Silver Gallery 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT Poet and artist Nye Ffarrabas presents selections from her 70+ years of poetry and 60+ years of visual, conceptual and word art at CX Silver Gallery and Press, with its current...read more