Situated at the eastern gateway of southern Vermont, Brattleboro is one of Vermont's largest towns. Chartered in 1753, Brattleboro is known as the site of Vermont's first Anglo-Saxon settlement (Fort Dummer, 1724). This town holds a commanding position on the banks of the Connecticut River and has always been a transportation center. The town was named for William Brattle, a Boston minister and scholar, who was the original shareholder of the land grant containing the lands now known as Brattleboro.
Referred to by the town as "Where Vermont Begins," Brattleboro is still a major junction for travelers. It is a vibrant artistic and activist community with a thriving downtown area that intersperses traditional stores and restaurants with artists' studios, owner-operated bookstores, boutiques, and counterculture shops.
For more information about eating, lodging, and special events in the Brattleboro area, visit http://www.brattleborochamber.org/
- Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
The historic train station that symbolized the vital importance of the railroad era was threatened with demolition until it was saved and reopened as the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in 1972. It features changing exhibits with an emphasis on local and contemporary art. (Visit)
- Brattleboro Outing Club
Brattleboro Outing Club promotes community participation in outdoor activities by developing, operatinig and sponsoring affordable recreational programs, events, and facilities in Brattleboro and surrounding towns. (Visit)
- Connecticut River Byway
The Connecticut River Byway is a scenic corridor of highways, byways, and waterways along the Connecticut River, the natural bridge that unites New Hampshire and Vermont for over half of the waterway's 410-mile journey from the Canadian border to the Atlantic Ocean. (Visit)
- Creamery Covered Bridge
Built in 1879 of spruce lumber in a Town Lattice design, the Creamery Covered bridge is one of Vermont's best-preserved bridges and spans the powerful Whetstone Brook. (Visit)
- Farmers' Market
On the Byway just west of the Creamery Bridge, the Brattleboro Farmers' Market, one of the oldest in the region, features handmade and homegrown products from May to October. (Visit)
- Latchis Theater
A rare Vermont Art Deco building, this historic 900-seat, four-story landmark structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Visit)
- Living Memorial Park
Living Memorial Park offers a swimming pool (mid-June to Labor Day), ball fields, lawn games, tennis courts, ice skating (late October to early-March), picnicking, and a playground. (Visit)
- West Brattleboro Village
West Brattleboro includes a small cluster of well-preserved 19th-century buildings around a small triangular green located about 2 miles west of downtown Brattleboro. Bonnyvale Brook, Whetstone Brook, and rounded Vermont hills create a striking natural setting. The village is now on the National Register of Historic Places, featuring an Historic District that consists of 100 acres and 17 buildings of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture.