Brooks House on Main Street, built in 1871 as an 80-room luxury hotel

Brattleboro is a city of 12,000 people in southern Vermont. From points south, it will most likely be the place for travelers to begin their exploration of Vermont.


As a Connecticut River town in southern Vermont, Brattleboro benefited greatly from the easy availability of water and water power, and thus has been a prosperous town since the 18th and 19th centuries, as shown by the extraordinary collection of beautiful buildings in various styles that survive from those days and the first few decades of the 20th century. Only a very small selection of them are shown in this article.

Get in

By car

First Congregational Church, built in 1770

By bus

By train

Get around

For getting around the center of town, all you should need are your feet. Amble around the streets, stop at some shops, and just take your time. For getting out the town, a car would be the best way to go. Be aware that traffic in downtown Brattleboro can resemble that found in cities orders of magnitude larger, in part due to a long term construction project on I-91 that causes people to leave the highway, but more due to all the major streets feeding into Main St in the center of town. Driving within the center should be avoided and parking all day is quite cheap (under $10). If you are in the mood, though, rent a bike at the Brattleboro Bicycle Shop located downtown at 165 Main St.



40 High Street


160 Western Avenue


Union Block, built in 1861


Canal Street Schoolhouse


The Art Deco Latchis Hotel & Theater, built in 1938


Go next

Keene, New Hampshire is about 40 minutes' drive via US Route 5 North and State Route 9 East, and has more pretty buildings for you to see.

Routes through Brattleboro

St. Albans Bellows Falls  N  S  Greenfield Springfield
White River Junction Bellows Falls  N  S  Greenfield Springfield
Troy Wilmington  W  E  becomes Keene Concord
Manchester Newfane  N  S  END

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