What historic events happened in February?
February 1, 1895
The red clover was selected as Vermont's official state flower. Oddly, this flower is not native to Vermont but was introduced from Europe.
February 2, 1891
Electricity lights the streets of Newport for the first time. "A village without electric lights ain't much of a village," wrote the Newport newspaper.
February 3, 1903
Vermont’s state-wide prohibition of alcohol ended. Towns gained the option to allow alcohol use or not. Towns voted each year on this decision. During the time of prohibition, people could not make, sell, or drink alcohol.
February 4, 1870
Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, and many other famous American heroines spoke at the Women's Suffrage Convention held in Montpelier.
February 4, 1887
Vermont's most famous train wreck occurred at White River Junction when the Montreal Express was derailed on the huge bridge that crossed the river. Many people were killed in the fall. More lost their lives as the wooden passenger cars and railroad bridge caught fire and burned.
February 7, 1865
Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley was born in Jericho, Vermont. He was the first person to photograph snowflakes and discovered that no two were alike.
February 12, 1781
Judah Spooner and Tim Green began publishing Vermont's first newspaper, the Vermont Gazette, in Westminster.
February 14, 1978
The Vermont state lottery was held for the first time.
Playing the Odds (PDF)
February 18, 1791
The U.S. Congress votes unanimously in favor of admitting Vermont to the United States. The date for admission is set for March 4.
Vermont adopts the first state seal. Ira Allen, Ethan's brother, designed it and Reuben Dean, a printer, carved it.
February 22, 1876
The Second Pavilion Hotel opened next to the Vermont State House in Montpelier, the capital city. It was known as the Third House because so many legislators stayed there. The hotel closed in 1966. In 1970, it was torn down and rebuilt as an office building.
Pavilion Building (video)