Inventors of New England: More Info
History of Inventors in Northern New England
Often New Englanders
became inventors out of necessity, as they faced a difficult
climate and long distances to urban
For an excellent look at how Yankee ingenuity
was used in everyday life, see the books of Eric Sloane.
and clearly explains the tools and inventions that shaped
New England's landscape, especially in the 18th and 19th
For instance, he shows how the wheelbarrow was
derived first from a "handbarrow," a stretcher-like
ladder that two men carried. This then evolved into a "sledgebarrow" that
one man pulled like a sled on runners, to finally become
a wheelbarrow that was pulled behind a man (in 1730) to a
wheelbarrow with the wheel in front (1750).
His books include
Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805; and American
Barns and Covered Bridges.
from northern New England can be found at the following web
This site has separate indexes for inventions by state,
by women inventors, by African-American inventors, etc.
For an elegant and imaginative
web site, see the Inventors Hall of Fame, where you can
browse the index by inventor,
invention, induction date, or decade.
site has put together plenty of information and referrals
to other sites about Vermont inventors.
Living has a site that lists some famous Vermont inventors
by town, so you can link to these
for present day information on historical sites
States Patent and Trademark Office has a searchable index
of patents (by inventor,
place, invention, etc.) from
1975 to the present. Before that date, you'll
need to know
the patent number to access the patent.
They also have a web site for kids with
monthly contests and lots of information to spark