Bradford

Bradford is located at the intersection of the Waits River and the Connecticut River on the Vermont-New Hampshire state border. Once a major railway town, it retains an active business center along US Route 5. The Waits River still provides hydropower which was the backbone for the town’s growth in the early industrial era.

Bradford is fortunate to retain many significant brick structures constructed in the 1800’s such as the Bradford Public Library, the Academy Building, Asa Low’s Grist Mill, the Stevens Block, and the Richardson building.

Bradford is the home of the Connecticut Valley Fair and the Bradford Golf Course.

There is a bridge in Bradford that spans the Connecticut River to Piermont connecting Vermont to New Hampshire. On the Vermont side, Bradford is accessed from Interstate 91 North or South at exit 16.

County: Orange
State: Vermont
Population: 2619
Post Office: Bradford 05033
Town Website: www.bradford-vt.org
Town Clerk: Sonya McLam  802-222-4727
Fire Dept; Bradford Fire Dept.  802-222-5224    Emergency dial 911
School:  Bradford Elementary 802-222-4077     Oxbow High School 802-222-5214      www.oxbowhighschool.org
Library:  www.bradfordvtlibrary.org

Asa Low’s 1847 Grist Mill

The water wheel was located in the lower room, a feature that allowed it to operate during freezing weather. If you had looked upriver in the l9th century you would have seen three sets of wooden dams and a number of mills producing everything from plows to paper. The largest mill was Asa Low’s paper mill (1840-1901), and Bradford paper was well known in the area. When it burned, portions of the cut stone were used to build the original portion of the hydroelectric dam you see.

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