Mary Wilkins Freeman


  • <p>A Mary E. Wilkins Freeman postcard from the Words Project’s October 2019 event series, “Something About Mary,” which began with the unveiling of a historic marker at the site of Mary’s historical West Brattleboro school.</p>

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  • Mary Wilkins Freeman (1)

  • Mary Wilkins Freeman (2) Students tell her story


Born in Randolph, Massachusetts in 1852, Mary E. Wilkins moved to Brattleboro as a teen with her family in 1867. Her father, Warren, owned and operated the Wilkins Dry Goods store located on the Steen block, approximately where Renaissance Jewelers and the River Gallery are located now on Main Street. She began her writing career in Brattleboro by publishing poems in the newspaper, Vermont Phoenix, and in several children’ magazines. Over the course of her fifty-year career, she won many awards as well as the admiration of America's most celebrated literary figures, including Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain.

Tour Stop Location: Renaissance Jewelry & River Gallery, 151 Main Street

Tyler Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, United States

Research & Production

Audio Production, Research & Narration: Brattleboro Historical Society/ Brattleboro Area Middle School students with Joe Rivers

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