Harry Rood

Photographer Harry B. Rood was a life long resident of Poultney. He attended Troy Conference Academy (now Green Mountain College), was a musician in the Trojan Orchestra there, and later played organ at the Methodist Church in the 1930s and 40s.

His father Frank Rood began a photographic studio business in about 1871, located on the second floor of the Matot Building on Main Street, Poultney (where the Laundromat is located today.) Harry joined him in the business in the 1890s as a professional photographer.

Harry was engaged to marry Clara Burton around 1900, but sadly for him, she was “swept off her feet” by Arthur Jones who married her on July 5, 1900.

Known as quiet man, Harry never married and lived with his sister in a house on Furnace Street, where he located his photography studio after his father’s death. He died in 1960.

Harry Rood produced thousands of photographs in his lifetime, many of which eventually found their way to the Poultney Historical Society.