Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft turned a fraying edge of Brattleboro into a celebrated mecca for writers, statesmen and the intelligentsia of the era seeking ‘the healing waters of Brattleoro,’ the most famous ‘spa’ of its time. He founded the Brattleboro Hydrotherapy Establishment in 1845, commonly known as the Wesselhoeft Water-Cure. Among its many famous visitors were Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose experiences in Brattleboro even served to inspire their writings.
The Wesselhoeft building was torn down in 1927 and the current Brattleboro Fire Department was built in 1949. A spring still bubbles in the basement. The firemen say sometimes, in the middle of the night, the faucets turn on by themselves, making us wonder if Dr. Wesselhoeft ever really left.
Audio Producer: Lissa Weinmann
Audio Editor: Sally Seymour
SEGMENT 1 Script/Narration/Recordings: Lissa Weinmann
Voice of Dr. Wesselhoeft: Ned Childs
SEGMENT 2 Voice of Dr. Wesselhoeft: Ned Childs
Excerpts taken from Wesselhoeft comments in various editions of 'Green Mountain Spring' newspaper
SEGMENT 3 Narrated by: Lissa Weinmann
Voice of Abby Estey: Elery Loggia
Source: Abby Estey Fuller Daughters of the American Revolution
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