Brandons self-guided Historic Walking Tour will whisk you back a century or two as you meander through our tree-lined village and discover our architecture, history, and some of our colorful former residents. Many of Brandons oldest homes, shops, and churches stand as stately as ever. The area is full of covered bridges waiting for discovery. Stephen A. Douglas, nicknamed the Little Giant, was born in Brandon in 1813. While he headed to Illinois to pursue a career in law and politics in 1833, he served the country in many offices until his death in 1861. He was a candidate for president against Abraham Lincoln and is best remembered for the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. Douglas birthplace, near the intersection of Routes 7 and 73 West, is now the Brandon Museum and Visitors Center.The Governor has called Brandon The Art and Soul of Vermont and for good reason. In and around town youll find folk artists, fabric artists, computer artists, super realists, nonrepresentational expressionists, workers in traditional decorative arts, watercolor, jewelry, pottery, glass, sculpture, print makers, photographers with new and exciting talent exhibiting fresh work all the time. Brandons artists contribute to our strong sense of community spirit and the creative economy. The Brandon Artists Guilds annual fundraiser has become a highly anticipated event, as artists create original works for public display and auction. Thanks to the vision of renowned folk artist and Brandon resident Warren Kimble and others, our little town has become one of the most exciting places to experience art in the state of Vermont if not the entire Northeast. Biking, hiking, boating, golfing, fishing, skiing do it all within just a few miles of downtown Brandon. The trails are plentiful, the waters are clear, the mountains embrace the sky.