Community Spotlight: Brandon
“Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable”, is the motto in Brandon. Located along Route 7, Brandon is a wonderful example of Vermont’s unique landscape. At the foothills of the Green Mountain National Forest, Brandon’s downtown – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is the center of the community allowing residents to meet over coffee, grab some groceries and take in a concert in the park. Brandon is also home to some past and present noteworthy figures including the “Brandon Blacksmith” – Thomas Davenport – inventor of the electric motor and renowned Folk artist, Warren Kimble, whose original artwork can be seen around town.
Brandon’s success did not happen by chance. Community members have been active in revitalization efforts for many years. Success can be seen wherever you look from the new steeple on the Baptist Church to a new pocket park downtown to the converted condominium apartments in the old Brandon High School. The work continues with renovations to the 1861 Town Hall that sat vacant for twenty years and the adaptive reuse of the birthplace of Stephen A. Douglas, the victorious incumbent who ran against Lincoln in the 1858 senatorial campaign, into a visitor’s center and public history museum.
So, if you’d like to visit somewhere “unforgettable”, head to Brandon. You can take a historic tour of the downtown district, visit the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, or take advantage of the many year-round events. Any season, Brandon is inviting, exciting, and worth the visit.