On-line Resources for Researching Historic Townshend, VT
Brooks Memorial Library has an excellent history room that includes lots of Townshend history.
Library of Congress’s Chronicling America features selected newspapers from 1836-1922 digitized by Library of Congress. TO USE: SEE Vermont Phoenix (Townshend & West Townshend columns), and also try a search with all Vermont newspapers
Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street Ukiah, CA 95482 Feminist, abolitionist, newspaper editor, first woman to address the VT Legislature.
Clarina Howard Nichols site with information.
University of Vermont
Agricultural Census (known as Agricultural Schedules) of Townshend for 1860 and 1880 is available on the UVM web site using the words, “Census Records – University of VT.”
Barn Survey of Townshend in 2009 is a windshield survey of “all buildings that appear to be agricultural-related” by Kaitlin O’Shea with a Google Map that shows the sites where she took photos. At bottom “Click here for Photo Album.” This seems the best overview for all of the Townshend barn photos. Also SEE O’Shea under Department of Historic Preservation.
Townshend Research Maps include Beers’ Map of 1869 [McClellan’s Map of 1856 is also there, but is not readable]; Also SEE Stitch in Time book by Townshend Historical Society, Appendix Three for McClellan’s map] CLICK HERE
Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont is a virtual collection of images that documents 200 years of Vermont’s changing face. This site has many Townshend photos with useful commentary on their dates and origins.
Porter Thayer Collection at UVM includes Townshend photos.
Vermont Historical Society
The Vermont Historical Society collects artifacts, books, and documents that reflect the entire history of the state including Townshend. The Society has museums, a bookstore, and library.
Directory of Vermont Historical Societies has information about other Vermont Historical Societies.
Vermont State Government
Division of Historic Preservation
Taking Care of Your Old Barn: Ten Tips on Preserving and Reusing Vermont’s Historic Barns: Why Save Old Barns? A Short History of Vermont Agricultural Buildings.
Barn Survey of Townshend in 2009: O’Shea’s database describing 24 individual barns. TO USE: Click on the magnifying glass next to each record for the detailed info and photo. The photos and addresses are linked in the google map – click to open up the webpage.
Agency of Transportation
Townshend Road Map, 1958 from the Town Highway Map Archives of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, [Road Names in Townshend , VT, 2000 , provided by the Windham Regional Commission.]
Historical Society of Windham County has history and genealogical information for some Townshend families, as well as artifacts.
Listing of Windham County History Museums has details about history museums in Windham County, Vermont.