One of the New Hampshire charters that was granted before the American Revolution, Wilmington was named by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth after the 1st Earl of Wilmington, Spencer Compton in 1751. Located in the Deerfield Valley of the Green Mountains, Wilmington is along the North Branch of the Deerfield River.
The original village was built on Lisle Hill but when the Brattleboro-Bennington Road that exists today was built in the early 1830's, the citizens of Wilmington discovered that the route was passing them by as stage coaches and cargo wagons began to come through Mill Valley on the new road. Many of the buildings which now line West Main Street were moved from Lisle Hill to be along the new Turnpike. The Vermont House (referenced on the map) was built in the 1850's to cater to the stage coach passengers. The Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad arrived in the early 1880's, providing four passenger trains a day to the Deerfield Valley.
The inset illustration in the lower right corner is a view of the Raponda Summer Hotel and Lake.
Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:
M. E. Church.
Carriage Manufactory, J. Courtemanche.
Vermont House, Burr & MacLellan, Proprietors.
Deerfield Valley Times, O. H. Jones, Editor & Proprietor.
A. M. Johnson, Dentist.
A. L. Childs, General Groceries.
Savings Bank, A. E. Willard, Jr., Treasurer and Insurance Agent.
A. L. Wheeler, Stoves & Tin Ware.
D. G. Leonard & Don, Maple Syrup Canning Est.
F. & A. M. Hall.
Orrin O. Ware, General Merchandise.
Office of E. J. Titus, Physician & Surgeon.
John F. Bassett, Harness Dealer and Manufacturer.
H. F. Barber, Shoe Dealer and Manufacturer.
Chas. H. Parmelee, Drugs, Groceries and General Hardware.
Spencer & Leonard, General Merchandise.
Wilmington Grain & Lumber Co., House Bills to Order, E. E. Wheeler, Manager.
F. E. Medbury, Milk Dealer.
Office and Residence of A. W. Rice, Physician & Surgeon.
Office and Residence of Hosea Mann, Jr., Attorney and Counselor at Law.
Raponda Summer Hotel & Lake.
Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad.