Local historian and author Jane (Bolton) Brown will be at the Cabot Library on Wednesday March 28 at 7:00, presenting her work as co-author of the award-winning book "West Danville: Then and Now, 1791-2021".
Jane is a fifth-generation Vermonter and the third generation to grow up and live in Cabot.
As a child, Jane loved being outside. Her great-grandfather, John Bolton, first came to Cabot around 1865, after serving in the Civil War, and began farming on 120 acres of land on Cabot Plain. Over the years, his youngest son, Aaron, (Jane’s Grandfather) increased the property to become one of the largest and most successful farms in Cabot. He milked “upwards of 50” registered holsteins on 960 acres on the Plain. It was the highest working farm in Vermont, having at one time or another cattle, horses, turkeys, chickens, swine and sheep.
Jane grew up on the farm. She was an only child and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on the farm with her father. Her mother, Arletta Bolton, grew up in East Barre and became a schoolteacher. “I drove tractors and drove horses. I would do almost anything to get out of doing housework,” Jane said. “But I didn’t milk. My mother said that would ruin my hands. She was afraid I would end up as a farmer’s wife.”