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.
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