RUTLAND - Local author and poet Donald Thompson, author of the recently published (History Press) book titled Castleton, Vermont: Its Industries, Enterprises And Eateries, will be appearing at Rutland's Annie's Book Shop Friday, Dec. 10. Other books Thompson has published include the popular Lake Bomoseen, Stellar Woods, Islands Of Light, Turning 60 and the Comic-Book Book.
Indeed a renaissance man, Thompson is a retired social studies teacher, has worked in museums, participates in archaeological digs and has done many historical interpretations such as Andrew Carnegie, Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson. In his performances, Thompson uses anecdotes, artifacts and a vast amount of knowledge to help the audience understand the important historical figure he portrays. Thompson uses personal anecdotes from residents in addition to original research to tell the fascinating history of Castleton and the productive people who have built and nurtured it.
Castleton, Vermont: Its Industries, Enterprises And Eateries is an essential Vermont book touching upon village historic homes, churches, the college, locally owned country stores and quaint restaurants. It describes the town's rich history as influenced by its industrious citizens and the several mills and foundries that sprang up along the Castleton River in the very early days.
The arrival of the railroad in the mid-1800s created another economic boom for the village and spurred the growth of the slate and marble companies until Castleton's industrial community rivaled that of Rutland.