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Town History

The Early History of Plainfield Vermont from the Beginning to 1880

  • Natural Features of Plainfield

    The village of Plainfield is nestled along the waterways of the Winooski River and the Great Brook.  These waterways held plenty of trout pools that provided excellent habitat for large Brook Trout. ...

  • Early Settlers

    The pioneers began to settle in Plainfield in the 1790’s. Two of those first settlers were Seth Freeman and Isaac Washburn. They had heard fabulous stories about the fertile land in Vermont, and in...

  • Historical Charm Preserved

    The charm and beauty of Plainfield is ever present due to the numerous historical buildings that remain, surrounded by the same hills, along with the waterways that are all much the same as they...

  • Geological History

    About 450 million years ago, the first of two major mountain-building events occurred. Tectonic plates collided closing an ancient ocean and forming the Green Mountains. The ocean sediments on the...

  • First People

    Archaeologists have discovered evidence of scattered human settlements from 12,000 years ago. Archaeologists call these original Vermonters, Paleo-Indians. The Winooski Valley warmed and dried,...

  • Ownership Dispute Beginning in the Mid 1700s

    Ownership of these lands was greatly disputed between the French and British. The various English colonies also were vying for it.  Massachusetts got a toehold first, and then New Hampshire began...

  • More Photos of Plainfield in the 1800s

    This old locomotive, steam engine, was called the “Plainfield”. It was built in 1873. It’s driving wheels had a diameter of 60” with cylinders being 14”X22”. It was wrecked at Barre Junction in 1876 and was...

  • References and Credits

    Credits: Early History of Plainfield, Vermont From the Beginning to 1880 Written by Susan Ross Grimaldi, M.Ed. (Based on research and archival contributions to the Plainfield Historical Society by...

 
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