Skiffington describes Bristol, Vermont
’s history through brief essays highlighting its most remarkable people and moments, from the rise of Outlook Club and the Bristol Town Band to the many floods and fires that have challenged but never broken the town. She also uncovers forgotten figures, like Dr. Francis Briggs, “known as much for his music as for his ministrations,” and state representative Florence Cragen, one of many Vermont women
to serve the legislature during World War II.
Vermont is a northern New England state whose boundaries with other states were not settled until after the Revolution. Women have played important roles in American history from the earliest days, although they have not always been adequately recognized.