Traveling Tuesday: Wilmington, Vermont
Wentworth was granted the governorship in exchange for dropping claims against the British government for monies he was owed from Spain that went unpaid because of poor diplomatic relations. One of his responsibilities was to grant patents of unoccupied land, and in 1749 he began to make grants in western New Hampshire and southern Vermont. Savvy and unscrupulous, he enriched himself by selling land to developers that wasn’t his to give (the acreage was part of New York). He often named new townships after himself (Bennington) or his contemporaries (Rutland is named after John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland) in an effort to gain support for his enterprises. As a result, there were numerous land disputes through the years, some of which weren’t resolved until Vermont became a state in 1791.
The second least populated U.S. state, Vermont is one of four states that were previously sovereign
Bordered by Canada to the north, Massachusetts to the south, New York to the west, and New Hampshire to the east, Vermont is the only New England state that doesn’t border the Atlantic Ocean. The four-hundred mile long Connecticut River separates Vermont from New Hampshire.
One of Wilmington’s more famous residents was Elswyth Thane, author of more than thirty novels in
Have you visited this gorgeous, historic area?
Legacy of Love
Escaping Boston to avoid a marriage of convenience aimed at garnering society’s respect for her family name in the shadow of her father’s war profiteering, Meg Underwood settles in Spruce Hill, Oregon. Despite leaving behind the comforts of wealth, she’s happy. Then the handsome Pinkerton agent, Reuben Jessop, arrives with news that she’s inherited her aunt’s significant estate, and she must return home to claim the bequest. Meg refuses to make the trip. Unwilling to fail at his mission, Reuben gives her until Christmas to prove why she should remain in Spruce Hill and give up the opportunity to become a woman of means. When he seems to want more than friendship, she wonders if her new-found wealth is the basis of his attraction.
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