A Time to Harvest
Cobb’s Corners lies in the mountainous woodlands of western Windham County, just to the north of the state highway, which joins Bennington and Brattleboro. Visitors coming from Arkham need to take a twenty-mile drive from Brattleboro to Wilmington, and then turn due north for just under ten miles to reach Cobb’s Corners.
The town is blessed with a booming trade industry due to its location on the Deerfield River and the fecundity of its farms. Chartered in 1787 by a group of farmers out of New Hampshire, the town was named after Franklin Cobb; the leader of the settlers, and the surrounding land is often referred to as Cobb’s Corners as well. The farmland in the valley has garnered a growing reputation as the “Breadbasket of Vermont” due to the variety and abundant yield of its crops in a region usually known for its rocky, if not infertile, soil. A small tributary of the much larger Deerfield River bisects the valley.
Cobb’s Corners is a place of great scenic beauty, a Rockwell painting come to life. Small shops line the unpaved Main Street leading to the waterfront district consisting of a couple of warehouses and a few short piers. Spread out behind the stores are a collection of homes, a public library, the town hall, a local sheriff ’s office, the office of the Cobb’s Corners Gazette, a one room schoolhouse, a local diner, a general store, a Baptist Church, and an assortment of other buildings.
Access to the valley is by a two-lane road that meanders through the surrounding mountains. Beyond the town proper lies the Gismend River Bridge (great for bass and trout fishing). Farming covers hundreds of acres of tilled soil bursting with a variety of crops, such as sweet corn. Any inch of land not used for farming boasts a cluster of trees, with thick forests of elms, oaks, and hickories in danger of taking over abandoned farms. Standing majestically in the background, the Green Mountains rear up like a bulwark against the rest of the country.