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(White River Junction) (Quechee) (Wilder)

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Hartford, Vermont, USA - White River Tavern

Hartford was chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. It was the first town east of the Green Mountains to be chartered after the French and Indian Wars and is one of the so-called Connecticut towns of Vermont that were settled by pioneers from Connecticut. hartford-vt.org

Hartford contains the following villages: Quechee, Hartford Village, White River Junction, Wilder, and West Hartford.

Hartford, often referred to as the "Gateway to Vermont," is a vibrant community with the bustling village of White River Junction at its center.



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Hartford Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

White River Tavern
Hartford, Vermont, USA

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White River Junction, Vt., Junction House
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White River Junction, Vt., Junction House
Hartford, Vt
Hartford, Vermont, USA

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Junction House, White River Junction, Vt., 1907
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Junction House, White River Junction, Vt., 1907
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Hartford, Vermont, USA

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Hartford Village, Hartford, Vt.
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Hartford Village, Hartford, Vt.
White River Valley above Hartford, Vt.
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White River Valley above Hartford, Vt.
White River Junction, Garage of the Miller Automobile Co.
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White River Junction, Garage of the Miller Automobile Co.
West Hartford, Vt.
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Birds eye view of White River Junction, Vt.
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Birds eye view of White River Junction, Vt.
Hartford High School
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Hartford High School
25000 Gifts, White River Jct., Vt.
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1839 - Hartford
Hartford, Vermont
Windsor county. This town is on the west side of the Connecticut, and is otherwise finely watered by White and Waterqueechy rivers. It lies 42 miles S.S.E. from Montpelier and 14 N. from Windsor. First settled, 1764. Population, 1830, 2,044. The surface of the town is uneven, but the soil is rich, warm, and very productive. The two principal villages are pleasantly located on the banks of the rivers that meet the Connecticut at this place, both of which are flourishing in manufactures and trade. Many cattle, beside pork, butter, cheese, &c., are sent to market from Hartford. In 1837 it had 13,207 sheep.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1844 - Horace Wells of White River Junction was the first person to use laughing gas as an anesthetic for pulling teeth in 1844.

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1887 - THE HARTFORD DISASTER, FEB. 5, 1887
The writer was personally cognizant of the history of this horrible railway disaster. He visited the scent of the wreck about day light on the morning of the accident; visited and conversed with the survivors from the ill-fated train, from time to time, during their convalescence; observed the reprehensible conduct of the officials of the Central railroad, in their premature attempts to effect settlements with the mangled, tortured survivors of that holocaust. Justice, humanity and decency were set at defiance by the attorneys and the Vial-lainous ame damnee representing said corporation, who did not hesitate to villify and traduce those who were not obsequious to their will, or ready to be their time severs at the price of an annual pass.

The following report of the railroad commissioners concerning the disaster of Feb. 5, 1887, is an acceptable showing of facts, but the number of passengers aboard the train is, and ever will be a matter of mere guess-work. As to the speed of the... Read MORE...

1895 - Hartford
Hartford, a post-village in Hartford township, Windsor co., Vt., on White River, about 1 mile W. of the Connecticut River, and on the Central Vermont Rail" and the Woodstock Railroad, 60 miles S. of Montpelier. It has several churches, a chair-factory, and manufactures of boxes, carriages, and farming-implements. The township contains two other villages, White River Junction and Quechee. Total pop. 3740.
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
1895 - Flood
...At White River Junction, Vt., highways have become impassable and the rivers have overflowed their banks. The rise in White river at White River Junction exceeded ten feet flooding basements and compelling the occupants of some houses to vacate. Boats were inquired for saving personal property in many instances. All railroad trains there have been delayed and trains on the Central Vermont were cancelled. Trains on the Passumpsic division of the Boston and Maine are stopped because of the high water. Trains from Concord, H. H., are detained, as the tracks of the road are flooded here and at Franklin, N. H...
Middletown Daily Argus
Middletown, New York
April 16, 1895
1906
White River (officially, Whiteriver) Junction, a banking post-village of Windsor co., Vt., on the Connecticut River, at the mouth of tho White River, 84 miles S. by E. of Montpelier, on the Boston and Maine, the Central Vermont and the Woodstock Rs. Pop. about 1600.
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
1907 - 27 DEAD IN WRECK; DISPATCHER ERRED
Confused Orders and Caused Collision on the Boston & Maine Railroad.

TWENTY-SEVEN ARE INJURED

Passenger Car Telescoped in Crash with Freight in New Hampshire and Occupants Crushed to Death.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt., Sept.15. - A head-on collision between the south-bound Quebec Express and a north-bound freight train on the Concord division of the Boston & Maine Road occurred four miles north of Canaan Station early to-day, due to a mistake in train dispatcher's orders, and from a demolished passenger coach there were taken out twenty-seven dead passengers, and twenty-seven dead passengers, and twenty-seven others, more or less wounded. Nearly all those who were in the wrecked car were returning from a fair at Sherbrooke, Quebec, 160 miles north.

The conductor of the freight train was given to understand that he had plenty of time to reach a siding by the night operator at Canaan Station, receiving, according to the Superintendent of the division, a copy of a telegraph... Read MORE...

2023 - Hartford, Vermont has a bunch of cool spots and activities to explore! Whether you're into outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or just good food, there's something for everyone. Here's a list to get you started:
Quechee Gorge: Known as Vermont's Little Grand Canyon, Quechee Gorge is a must-visit. You can stroll across the bridge, hike the trails, and enjoy breathtaking views of the gorge.

Simon Pearce Glassblowing Studio: Watch artisans at work and browse the beautiful glassware at Simon Pearce. Plus, the restaurant overlooking the Ottauquechee River is a fantastic spot for a meal.

Billings Farm & Museum: A working dairy farm, Billings Farm provides a glimpse into Vermont's rural heritage. You can see farm animals, explore the farm life exhibits, and enjoy the scenic surroundings.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS): Perfect for nature lovers, VINS offers interactive exhibits, live bird shows, and nature trails. It's educational and fun for all ages.

Hartford Historical Society: Dive into the local history at the Hartford Historical Society. The exhibits and artifacts provide insight into the region's past.

White River Junction: This quirky town is known for its vibrant ... Read MORE...

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