Tucked away in the dark forests of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, St. Johnsbury was mostly unbroken wilderness when first chartered in 1786. Swinging axes soon made way for the burgeoning split-level town, with stately Main Street homes on St. Johnsbury Plain presiding in grandeur over the bustling commerce of Railroad Street below. Peggy Pearl brings a decidedly human element to this comprehensive history, wandering the graves of Mount Pleasant Cemetery and bringing to life the stories of those tanners, cobblers, millworkers and brick makers who made St. Johnsbury their home. With excerpts from vintage newspapers like the Caledonian-Record and the Farmer’s Herald, Pearl unfolds the transformation from quiet mill town into picturesque manufacturing hub of Caledonia County.
Author: James Gindlesperger
Publisher: John F. Blair, Publisher
Release Date: 2014-05-01
Nearly two million people visit Gettysburg National Military Park annually, but most of them possess only a rudimentary knowledge of the battle and restrict their travel to the well-established tourist routes. Few know the stories behind the monuments that dot the battlefield. However, those back stories are often as fascinating as the story of the battle itself. In their award-winning So You Think You Know Gettysburg? James and Suzanne Gindlesperger had to make difficult decisions when deciding which of the 200 sites to include out of the 1,300 battlefield monuments. At their frequent book signings in Gettysburg, customers were asked for a second volume so they could learn even more about the monuments throughout the park. In So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2, the Gindlespergers expound on the histories of an additional 200+ park attractions. The area maps and 270+ color photographs make this guide a welcome addition for the park visitor or the armchair traveler.