History

 

 

A Brief History of
 
The Soldiers' Home
 
of Vermont

  

 



 

A HISTORY OF THE VERMONT VETERANS' HOME
The original estate that houses Vermont Veterans Home was constructed in 1860. In 1884, recognizing the need to care for veterans disabled in the Civil War, the State General Assembly appointed Trustees of a Soldiers’ Home and authorized a $10,000 appropriation as initial funding. The first of twenty-five residents was admitted on May 18, 1887. On April 14, 1971, the Soldiers’ Home was renamed the Vermont Veterans’ Home.
 
Construction of a cemetery began in 1884 with one acre devoted to the burial of Civil War veterans. Expanded to 17 acres, and containing about 300 gravesites, burial is now restricted to residents of the VVH.
 
Significant capital construction began in the 1960’s including renovation of the administration building, residential areas, and dining room, and construction of new nursing care units, a chapel, social hall, gazebo, and bandstand. 
 
In the past several years, other significant additions and renovations occurred, including a geothermal system for heating and cooling, and renovation of four residential units, and development of a memorial area which includes monuments dedicated to Vermont Medal of Honor winners, Gold Star Mothers, and Vermont Veterans. Lighting systems, electronic controls, and information systems have been updated.
 
For a complete and updated histrory please contact Mary Ryan:
 
Phone: 802-447-6523
 
  
 
 
 
Col. Robert J. Coffey
 
Col. Thomas Hannon
 
Col. George P. Martin
 
Lt. Col. Arthur S. Martin
 
Col. John W. Tinker
 
Brig. Gen. Reginald W. Buzzell
 
Lt. Col. Edward A. Tobin
 
Brig. Gen. Reginald W. Buzzell
 
Brig. Gen. Alexander J. Smith
 
Col. Lyndon H. Arnold
 
Brig. Gen. Edward H. Giles
 
CWO John E. Ahearn
 
Contracted to Marlin Management
for interim period:
 
Lt. Phillip M. Peterson
 
Col. Elmer C. Rieckhoff
 
Col. Louis J. DeFelice
 
Contracted to Subacute of America
 
Earle R. Hollings, II
 
Contracted for interim period:
 
Colleen Lurie Rundell, M.S., LNHA
 
Contracted for interim period:
 
Melissa A. Jackson, BSW, LNHA
 
 
May 1, 1887 - July 16, 1901
 
July 17, 1901 - February 1, 1917
 
February 28, 1917 - July 21, 1927
 
July 22, 1927 - October 10, 1929
 
October 11, 1929 - July 9, 1937
 
July 10, 1937 - July 9, 1941
 
July 10, 1941 - January 18, 1946
 
January 19, 1946 - October 4, 1950
 
October 5, 1950 - May 27, 1951
 
May 28, 1951 - December 14, 1958
 
December 15, 1958 - January 24, 1977
 
January 25, 1977 - February 18, 1986
 
April 4, 1986 - September 8, 1986
 
 
September 8, 1986 - May 4, 1990
 
October 9, 1990 - July 11, 1997
 
July 11, 1997 - March 8, 1999
 
March 8, 1999 - August 1, 1999
 
August 1, 1999 – February 1, 2005
 
February 2, 2005 – June 26, 2005
 
June 27, 2005 - September, 17 2010
 
September, 18 2010 - January, 2 2011
 
January, 3 2011