|What to See & Do in Brattleboro VT|
|The town is fairly small, but the art scene is big and active in Brattleboro.|
Hemmed in by the hills forming the Connecticut River Valley, Brattleboro seems more congested and urban than its population would suggest. Though this slows the traffic on the six US and Vermont highways that go through the town, it makes it easier for pedestrians to see the sights.
Formerly Brattleboro's train station, the "BMAC" (Brattleboro Museum & Art Center) is the reference point for the arts in the town. Galleries, exhibits, musical and circus performances, and special events are all in its schedule. More...
Brattleboro is known for its art and craft galleries. The lineup changes over time, but the arts are admired and well received here.
Founded by Cirque de Soleil professionals, Brattleboro's New England Center for Circus Arts provides classes, professional training, and circus arts events, some of which are open to the public. More...
The historic Latchis Theatre in the center of Brattleboro offers cinema, music, circus arts (including from the aforementioned New England Center for Circus Arts) and other live performances in a "Greco-Deco" (Greek-influenced Art Deco) building that is a Brattleboro landmark at 50 Main Street. More...
Creamery Covered Bridge
The Creamery Covered Bridge, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) west of the town center along VT Route 9, was built in 1879, is kept in good condition, and is still in use—a fun feature to visit whether on a walk from town or when you're on your way to Marlboro, Wilmington, VT Route 100, or Bennington.
British novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling married Caroline Balestier, a lady with Brattleboro roots, and lived in and near Brattleboro from 1892 to 1896. He had a large Shingle Style house built four miles north of the center of Brattleboro at what is now 481 Kipling Road, Dummerston VT.
He called it Naulakha, after his early novel.
At Naulakha, Kipling wrote many poems and five of his most famous books: the two Jungle Books, Captains Courageous, The Seven Seas, and The Day's Work.
Naulakha is now private property and is not open to the public except by rental. (Yes, you can rent Naulakha if you like.)
—by Tom Brosnahan