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St Albans, Vermont, USA - 1890s w. D. Chandler, Photographer St. Albans, Vt.

St. Albans is a city in northwestern Vermont, situated in Franklin County. It's a bustling city with a historic downtown area. St. Albans Bay on Lake Champlain offers opportunities for boating and water activities, making it a popular destination for recreation.


St. Albans was so called in honor of Alban, a Roman Christian, and the first martyr in Britain.
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The area was part of the French seigniory of La Douville from 1664 to 1763. The town was chartered in 1763 and organized in 1788. St. Albans village, set off and incorporated in 1859, became a city in 1897. Its location near the Canadian border made it popular with smugglers, who used it as a base between 1807 and 1812. The town was also a station on the Underground Railroad. It was the site of the St. Albans Raid, the northernmost engagement of the American Civil War, when on October 19, 1864, a small force of Confederate soldiers looted the town’s banks. In 1866 the Fenians, an Irish nationalist secret society, pledged to invade Canada and made St. Albans their headquarters prior to an abortive raid across the border. Maple sugar production is the major industry; tourists visit the city for the annual Maple Festival in April. Dairying and ice cream making also are important. britannica.com



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1890s
w. D. Chandler, Photographer
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Main Street, St. Albans, Vermont
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1839 - St. Albans
St. Albans, Vermont
Shire town of Franklin county. This town is bounded on the west by Champlain lake. It lies 46 miles N.W. from Montpelier, and 25 N. from Burlington. First settled about the year 1783. Population 1830, 2,395. The soil of this town is fertile, and under the management of good farmers, is rendered very productive. In 1837 there were 8,459 sheep in the town, and the exports of wool and other productions of the soil are large and valuable. The water communications by the lake to New York and Canada, render St. Albans a mart of considerable trade from the surrounding country. The first vessel from Lake Champlain, that arrived at New York, by the northern canal, was from, built and owned at St. Albans.

The Village of St. Albans is beautifully situated on elevated ground, and commands a fine prospect. It contains many handsome buildings, and is a busy place in the manufacture of various articles. It lies three miles from the lake, and twelve miles from the line of... Read MORE...

1849 St. Albans
This is the shire town. The soil of St. Albans is fertile, and under the management of good farmers, is rendered very productive. The exports of wool, and other productions of the soil, are large and valuable. The water communications by the lake to New York and Canada, render St. Albans a mart of considerable trade from the surrounding country... The village of St. Albans is beautifully situated on elevated ground, and commands a fine prospect. It contains many handsome buildings, and is a busy place in the manufacture of various articles... J. Walder is supposed to have been the first civilized person who settled in this town. He removed here during the revolutionary war, and began improvements at the bay. There was no addition to the settlement until 1785, when Andrew Potter emigrated to the town, and from that time the settlement advanced rapidly, by emigrants from the south part of this State, and from the other other States of New England. Among the earliest settlers were... Read MORE...

1854 - St. Alban's
St. Alban's, a flourishing post-village and seat of justice of Franklin county, Vermont, on the Vermont Central railroad, about 3 miles E. from Lake Champlain, and 24 N. by E. from Burlington. The site is elevated, and in the centre is a handsome public square. Besides the county buildings, the village contains 3 or 4 churches, a bank, and 2 newspaper offices.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1864 - October 19 - Approx 25 Confederates make surprise attack on St Albans, Vermont

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1868 - Twenty-two hundred gallons of mineral water are shipped from St. Albans, Vt., weekly.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 18, 1868
1891 - MANY BUILDINGS DESTROYED. FIRE DOES MUCH DAMAGE IN THE BUSINESS PART OF ST. ALBANS, VT.
St. Albans, Vt., Nov. 26. - A fire, which broke out about 12:30 o'clock this morning, proved to be the most disastrous that St. Albans has known for many years. The total loss is estimated at $150,000. The flames were first seen in a small barn rented by CHARLES BAILEY, a hackman, and situated in the rear of a store in Main Street. The wind was blowing from a northerly direction, and it drove the fire into STROUD'S livery barns. Owing to the stiff breeze the fire had its own way until the stables, eight business houses, WAUGH'S Opera House, and several law offices were wiped out.

Sparks fell into the latticed tower of the Congregational Church above the reach of water, and in a short time the church was a mass of ruins. The roof of the Weldon House caught fire once and several buildings were in like danger.

The principal losses and insurance, so far as can be learned, are as follows:
WAUGH'S Opera House, loss $20,000, insurance $9,000.
RICHARDSON, TWIGG & Co., dry goods, loss... Read MORE...

1893 - SHAKEN BY AN EARTHQUAKE
MILD SENSATION IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY REGION.
Considerable Alarm Felt in Montreal, Particularly in the Narrow Streets - Buildings Tremble and the Inmates Flee in Fright - Residents of Malone Greatly Excited - Reached Over Into New-Hampshire and Massachusetts.

BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 27.- A severe earthquake shock shook the buildings throughout the city at 11:53 o'clock this forenoon. The duration of the shock was about fifteen seconds. It was accompanied by a low rumbling noise. Telegrams and telephone messages from surrounding towns report the shock as having occurred simultaneously throughout Western Vermont. Eastern New-York, and most of the Providence of Quebec and a part of Ontario...

ST. ALBANS, Vt., Nov. 27. - An earthquake shock was felt in St. Albans a few minutes before noon. The movement of the earth was from south to north. The shock was of three to five second's duration. Buildings were shaken perceptibly, and the inmates rushed into the street in a number of... Read MORE...

1895 - Saint Albans
Saint Albans, a handsome post-town, capital of Franklin co., Vt., in St. Albans township, 3 miles E. of Lake Champlain, about 30 miles N. by E. of Burlington, 24 miles S.E. of Rouse's Point, and 59 miles N.N.W. of Montpelier. It is connected with all these places by the Central Vermont Railroad. It is pleasantly situated on an elevated plain, with a park of 4 acres in the centre, and contains a court-house, a high school, several churches, a first-class hotel, 2 national banks, a savings-bank, a rolling mill, and a large manufactory of locomotives and railroad cars, owned by the railroad company. One daily and 2 weekly newspapers are published here. Large quantities of butter are exported from this place, mostly to Boston. The township of St. Albans is bounded on the W. by Lake Champlain, and is diversified by high hills and picturesque scenery. Pop. of village, about 6000; of township, 7771.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - FIRE ON DIAMOND ST.
House of James Lynch Badly Damaged This Morning.
Fire was discovered in the shed adjoining the house on Diamond st., owned by James Lynch, this morning at 7:30 o’clock. The fire had been burning some time before one of the neighbors saw the flames and gave the alarm from box 42.

The interior of the house was badly damaged by water and fire, and the roof was completely demolished. The loss will not be so heavy as would be imagined from the progress the fire had made before the alarm was given, and the high wind which was prevailing. The fire originated in the shed, but it is impossible to ascertain the cause. The family who occupy the lower tenement was away for over Sunday and had not returned, and their rooms down stairs were locked.

The upper tenement is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lozelle. Mrs. Lozelle was in the house, but knew nothing of the fire until after the alarm was given. The furniture, both upstairs and down, was saved, being carried out before the fire had... Read MORE...

1904 - Peculiar Accident
Ruby Seaver, little daughter of E. K. Seaver, of Morrisville, burned one arm badly in a peculiar manner recently. Suffering from a pain in the arm, she placed an electric bulb against the member under the bed clothing. So much heat generated from the lamp that her clothing caught fire and her arm was scorched considerably.
St. Albans Daily Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont
December 13, 1904
1906
Saint Albans, a city, capital of Franklin co., Vt., 2 1/ 2 miles E. of Lake Champlain, about 30 miles N. by E. of Burlington, on the Central Vermont R. It is pleasantly situated on an elevated plain, with a central park, and contains a court-house, the School of Notre Dame, foundries and machine-shops, railroad-car shops, and manufactories of overall, implements, etc. Large quantities of butter and cheese are exported from this place. Pop. in 1900, 6239.

Saint Albans, a township (town) of Franklin co., Vt. Pop. in 1900, 1715.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1908 - Badly Scalded by Steam.
C. R. Smith, of Messenger st., who is employed by the Central Vermont railway as an engineer, was badly scalded about the head and face Friday. While working under the engine, at Randolph, he opened the cylinder cock which allowed the steam to escape upon him. He was brought to his home, in this city and it is expected that he will soon recover from the effects of the accident.
St. Albans Daily Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont
June 25, 1908
1914 - Snow and Lightning - Peculiar Storm in This City - Severe South Wind Follows.
St. Albans and vicinity experienced a very peculiar and unusual storm Saturday afternoon about 4 o'clock.

About noon the mercury began to drop and at 4 o'clock a snow storm occured. The flakes were large and fell thick and fast, melting almost as they fell.

Then suddenly out of the blinding storm came flashes of lightning. It was a most beautiful sight, the great flashes appearing through millions of snow flakes. There were also loud crashes of thunder to make the storm more uncanny.

The snow soon disappeared, but a severe south wind prevailed all the evening.
St Albans Messenger
St Albans, Vermont
November 12, 1914
St Albans is the wettest city in Vermont, averaging 118 days of precipitation each year.

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2023 - St. Albans, Vermont has a lot to offer! Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around the area:
St. Albans Historical Museum: Dive into the rich history of the region at this museum. It features exhibits that showcase the development of St. Albans from its early days to the present.

Taylor Park: Take a leisurely stroll through this charming park. It's a great place to relax, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the greenery. In the winter, the park is transformed into a snowy wonderland.

Lake Champlain: St. Albans is located near Lake Champlain, providing opportunities for water activities. You can go fishing, boating, or just enjoy the scenic views of the lake.

BFA-St. Albans Performing Arts Center: Check out local talent at the performing arts center. They host a variety of events, from theater productions to musical performances.

Chow Bella: Treat your taste buds at this local gem. It's a popular spot for delicious Italian cuisine. The cozy atmosphere adds to the dining experience.

Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze: If you're visiting in the fall, don't miss the chance to... Read MORE...

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