Friday, April 06, 2007

Bradford Rest Stop, I-91 North

James Wilson, Glove Maker

Located 100 yards beyond this marker is the site where James Wilson had his home and workshop. Between 1808 and 1810 Wilson made and sold the first terrestrial and celestial gloves in North America. Born in Londonderry, N.H., in 1763, Wilson was a farmer and blacksmith who moved to Bradford in 1795. He taught himself astronomy and geography and studied wiwth Amos Doolittle in CT to learn engraving, skills he needed to make gloves. Wilson died in Bradford in 1855 at the age of 92.

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation – 1995


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