Happy Birthday, Brattleboro!
Our wonderful town was chartered 265 years ago on
December 26, 1753!
To celebrate this special anniversary, the Chamber is going to countdown to the big day by bringing you a year of Fun Facts about Brattleboro!
Fun Fact #1: The town of Brattleboro was named after William Brattle, Jr. In 1753, Brattle was granted shares of land by George II on which the town of Brattleboro was built. Interestingly, Brattle never called Brattleboro home; he lived in Cambridge, MA. To learn more click here!
Fun Fact #2: The very first recipient of a Social Security check in the United States was Ida May Fuller of Brattleboro in 1940. In the three years that Ida May worked under the program, she contributed a total of $24.75. Her first benefit check was for $22.54 and she went on collecting benefits for 35 years, until her death at age 100 in 1975. In that time she collected a total of $22,888.92. To learn more about Ida May click here!
Fun Fact #3: On Jan 1, 1875 Brattleboro residents found an 8-foot-tall sculpture of an angel made of snow standing at the intersection of Linden & Main Streets now the site of Wells Fountain. To learn who made the angel and why click here!: