Holton Home celebrates 125 years

BRATTLEBORO — Holton Home, the residential care home for elders on Western Ave., celebrates its 125th birthday on Nov. 19.

The town history, Annals of Brattleboro, reports that in 1892, “owing to agitation for a home for disabled persons, C. F. Thompson wrote an article for Brattleboro's newspaper, The Vermont Phoenix, on this need.”

The article read, in part, “Renewed interest is manifested for establishing an old ladies' home in Brattleboro and in answer to a general request a meeting is to be held next Monday evening [Sept. 19, 1892] to consider the subject and if possible, to take some definite action.”

Led by Henry Holton, a physician and Vermont state senator, a committee was appointed at the meeting to draft a charter. On Nov. 19, 1892, the General Assembly of the State of Vermont enacted the incorporation of The Brattleboro Home for the Aged and Disabled.

Later named in honor of the leader of its founding, Holton Home continues to provide excellent, person-centered care to our community's elders 125 years later, according to a news release.

All are invited to a gala celebration planned for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. The evening features bountiful hors d'ouevres, a cash bar, the premiere of a short film about Holton Home, a live auction of dinners, vacations, and art, and a one-act comedy by Beth Kiendl and William Stearns.

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