This page is an annotated bibliography of sorts– books and web links that I’ve found useful, including a short description.
Swift, Esther M. Vermont Place-names: Footprints of History. Brattleboro, VT: Stephen Greene Press, Brattleboro VT., 1977.
Why not start with the best? This is without question the reference book for Vermont history. Whenever I read an obscure placename (Sandusky VT, anyone?), I find it in Vermont Place-names. Here’s a quote about the elusive Sandusky village:
Brenda C. Morrissey, Ed. Abby Hemenway’s Vermont: Unique Portrait of a State. Stephen Green Press, Brattleboro VT., 1972.
This is a compiled best-of edition of Abby Hemenway’s county gazetteers, first published between 1867 and 1891. Entries include descriptions of pioneer life, local legends, and the various religious revivals of the day.
The Federal Writers Project. Vermont: A Guide to the Green Mountain State. Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press., 1937.
Part of the American Guides Series, the Federal Writers Project compiled these town-by-town histories during the Depression. This is an incredible record of Vermont in the 1930s, including local industries, transportation, and points of interest. It’s available online here, and the text is fully search-able. From part of the description of Bellows Falls: