Cloverdale was a distinct, close-knit community mostly in Westford, Vermont, but also including the Putnam Farm in the adjacent town of Cambridge. It lasted for more than 150 years, from 1804 until the 1950s and 1960s when my siblings and I were growing up on the Putnam Farm.
My sister Beth Putnam Cole and I recently gave presentations about the history of Cloverdale to the Cambridge Historical Society and the Westford Historical Society.
Click here for our presentation (5 MB PDF, 60 pages, lots of photos)
Click here for our notes for the presentation (65 KB PDF, 19 pages)
Many thanks to the enthusiastic audiences at both presentations! Both audiences included residents of Cloverdale who added to and corrected some of our comments. Audience input is included in the notes at the preceding link.
Our presentation was based on a book about Cloverdale written in 2001 by our father Harold Putnam and a cousin Jane Clark Brown – Cloverdale: An Anecdotal History of A Rural Neighborhood. Click here for a link to that book.
Thanks to Peter Opstrup of the Cambridge Historical Society for prompting this adventure, and to Caroline Brown of the Westford Historical Society for welcoming our presentation there as well.