Vermont - S. Royalton

South Royalton

The Chelsea Street bridge over the White River is a perfectly framed gateway to South Royalton from Routes 14 and 110. The two spires ahead figure prominently in town history as well as its profile, standing out against Kents Ledge.

Looking east and west along the river.

Jessie LaFountain Bigwood was the first Vermont woman to be admitted to the Bar.

The former Methodist Church at New Street was either built in 1850 or 1890, replacing the 1850 structure. I found only two sources, and that's what each said. In 1971 it was sold to become St. Matthew's Catholic Church as the Protestants merged into a single church in town, and then 30 years later, this parish was merged and the church became disused. I'm not sure if it's abandoned.

Here's that other church, born in 1869 as the Congregational Church and now the United Church of South Royalton (united from the merger, I take it). Just like in Richford, the clock is broken, as the photo was taken at 6:02.

Buildings that are just buildings: #35 and #115 South Windsor Street. The Victorian mansion dates to 1900.

The memorial itself dates to 1915, but 1780 is when Handy happened. Hannah Handy responded to a British/Mohawk raid during the Revolutionary War by pursuing the raiders and negotiating the release of several children back to the town. Things go a lot differently now if someone abducts a town's children.

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