How To Do Genealogical Research

The Historical Society welcomes family history researchers during our regular hours Sundays 1-4 PM in June, July, and August or by appointment during the rest of the year. If you are traveling far or need assistance in your research, we encourage you to make an appointment…

Jeffrey Brace: First African American Citizen of Poultney

One of Poultney’s early settlers was a free black, Jeffrey Brace. Brace was born in West Africa in approximately 1742 as Boyrereau Brinch. He came from a family that held high positions in his country. His father Whryn Brinch was Captain of the King’s Life-guards, as was his grandfather…

Local Stories & Oral History

Organized in 1870 by the Jewish families in the area, Poultney’s community was composed of merchants, tailors and pack peddlers from Poultney, Granville, Middle Granville and Fair Haven…

The Two Editors:  Horace Greeley and George Jones

Horace Greeley was born in Amherst, NH in 1811. He served an apprenticeship at the Northern Spectator newspaper in East Poultney from 1826 to 1830. The paper was published in a print shop built on the green in 1823. This building, commonly known as the Horace Greeley House now houses Picket Fence Antiques. Although Greeley worked in this house, he never lived there. During his time in Poultney he boarded first at the home of the paper’s editor E.G. Stone and later at the Eagle Tavern which was owned by Harlow Hosford. Greeley left Poultney at the age of 19 for New York City, where he became editor of several publications and in 1841 founded the New York Tribune

Poultney People

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