Recommended Reading

There are great reading resources in general circulation that will help you learn more about the pioneer days of northern New England, including Orleans County. This is a list of books and articles we are aware of which will enrich your history knowledge.
Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of the New England Home, 1700- 1860, Jane C. Nylander
This charming book portrays domestic life in New England during the century between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Drawing on diaries, letters, wills, newspapers, and other sources, Nylander provides intimate details about domestic duties, social activities, and exchanging services.
In Small Things Forgotten, James Deetz
History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. New interpretations of archaeological finds detail how minorities influenced and were affected by the development of the Anglo-American tradition in the years following the settlers’ arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Simultaneously a study of American life and an explanation of how American life is studied, In Small Things Forgotten, through the everyday details of ordinary living, colorfully depicts a world hundreds of years in the past.  284 pgs.
Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840, Jack Larkin
The years between the patrician leadership of George Washington and the campaign that elected William Henry Harrison marked a period of startling changed in American life. However, most Americans were enmeshed in the myriad ordinary concerns of their lives. Jack Larkin describes the often gritty texture of life as these Americans experienced it, weaving the disparate threads of everyday life into the rich, complicated tapestry of American history during this transitional period.

The American Frugal Housewife,

Lydia Maria Francis Child

First published in 1828, this book was an extremely popular nineteenth-century manual for homemakers. Interesting recipes and remedies, advice on parenting and the myriad of responsibilities of housekeeping are all put forth in straightforward, no-nonsense, Yankee prose.
The Family Nurse, Lydia Maria Francis Child

A guide to home health from one of the nineteenth-century’s most popular domestic advisors and most ardent feminists. In this book, her down-to-earth advice to pre-civil war families stands as an American classic of home health care.

The Yankee Pioneers: The Saga of Courage,

Samuel B. Pettengill

The author of this book writes about the deeds and dangers of early pioneer life: of the Pilgrim’s first winter; the endless forest; soldiers in the Revolution; the magic of log cabins; and starting a fire with flint and steel. This saga of courage is chiefly about the plain people of Vermont and New Hampshire, and is limited generally to the first quarter of a century in wilderness. It highlights the first few years before a community had gathered, when it was one man or one family, often with no neighbors within ten or twenty miles.
Indian Ways to Stagecoach Days: New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, Katherine Mackenzie
An overview of the early roads of northern Vermont, many of which were Indian trails. In researching the early history of roads in Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec, she discovered the roads were mostly original Indians paths converted to roads.

The Checkered Career of Timothy Hinman,

Gail Sangree

This article describes the difficulty Hinman had in his business ventures in Orleans County. Hinman’s life illustrates the contradictions inherent in financial risk taking early in the nineteenth century. Hinman was the builder of the Hinman-Settler Road, which was the first road north of Greensboro in 1791. The link opens the article in PDF format.
Vermont Inns & Taverns, Pre-Revolution to 1925, John C. Wriston, Jr.
This book is a thorough list of Vermont’s inns and taverns from its early history until the 20th-century, as well as a history of these accommodations.
Schooling in the Clearings: Stanstead, 1800-1850, Kathleen H. Brown
A great resource for researching schooling for younger students, this book is enhanced with transcriptions of original documents from Stanstead, Quebec, and its localities. During the years of this book, pioneers were moving north into Canada from Vermont and New England, bringing with them an education system similar to that of their former home. The teaching styles would have been very comparable to those found in Orleans County, Vermont.

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