Townshend, VT Historical Timeline
|An estimated 10,000 (or more) native people lived in what is now Vermont. The general Townshend area has place names that reflect the languages of the Wabenaki and Abenaki peoples.
|First Charter is issued for Townshend by Benning Wentworth.
|The first charter having lapsed without sufficient settlement, a second charter is issued by Wentworth and settlement by Col. John Hazeltine, Tyler and others followed.
|Col. Samuel Fletcher, and others participate in the American Revolution.
|Clarina Howard Nichols, a gentle suffragette and abolitionist was born.
|Leland Seminary is established; eventually became Leland and Gray Union High School.
|The town of Acton becomes part of Townshend.
|Clarina Howard Nichols becomes the first woman to speak at the Vermont Legislature.
|Townshend sends 100 soldiers to the Civil War in which 23 Townshend men die.
|Much of Harmonyville is wiped out in a major flood.
|West River Railroad serves the valley townsdespite floods and other catastrophes.
|Fire destroys much of the east side of Townshend Village on The Common.
|President William Howard Taft visits the homeland of his parents and grandparents.
|Two Townshend soldiers die in World War I.
|A fire burns much of the east side of Townshend village a second time.
|Many parts of Townshend are ravaged by a flood.
|West Townshend is devastated by a flood.
|Two Townshend soldiers die in World War II.
|Grace Cottage Hospital is established.
|Townshend Dam is built by the US Army Corps of Engineers for flood-control in the West River and Connecticut River Valleys
|A modern Leland and Gray Union High School is built replacing several historic homes and stores on the site.
|High waters: the only time that water goes over the Townshend Dam spillway.
|Townshend celebrates its 250th Anniversary and Stitch in Time is written by the Townshend Historical Society with Castle Freeman.
|Townshend suffers damage from Tropical Storm, Irene.
Hac/THS/Timeline for Townshend Historical Events by CEM Rev093015