Brattleboro Words Trail

From Abenaki petroglyphs and the first known African American poet Lucy Terry Prince, to Nobel Laureates like Saul Bellow, Jody Williams and Rudyard Kipling, these surprising, artistic, community-created audio stories link places to people to create a unique Vermont experience exploring America’s most storied small town!

The Words Trail map includes a picture of the tile map created by artist Cynthia Parker Houghton

Audio stories and maps guide listeners through a treasure trove of tales told by local artists, writers and students, an array of voices illuminates the rich past of writing, printing, publishing and ‘words’ embedded in the rivers, mountains, streets and buildings. Visitors can savor the rich and varied language of this ‘Gateway to Vermont’ where stories unfold as you listen.

Mother Goose herself lived in the hills of Southern Vermont—no, not the imaginary Mother Goose of old European lore, but Tasha Tudor, the prolific children’s book illustrator born in Boston and known for her Caldecott honor 1944 picture-book, Mother Goose among many others.

Enjoy two segments about Tasha Tudor consisting of interviews with Tasha’s granddaughter-in-law and Society Director, Amy Tudor.

Visitors to Brattleboro can listen via smartphone app as they walk, bike and drive. Those farther afield may listen to the stories on a computer.  Just click into the map sections and listen. Photos and links enliven each tile page beyond the 5- minute audio segment.

The Tasha Tudor Society was honored to be part of this multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities project. Special thanks to the production expertise of Sally Seymour and Lissa Weinmann.