West of Bedford the long, narrow territory of Stanbridge Station is traversed by the Corriveau stream flowing down the middle.
Who says station says train. The municipality was born of the advent of the railroad in nearby Stanbridge, rail being the chief economic development factor of the time. The Montreal and Vermont Junction line reached the area in 1860. The name Stanbridge comes from the township of the same name and the term Station underlines the importance of the railway, which served the place until 1955.
Detached from the township in 1889 Stanbridge Station received its first settlers in the mid nineteenth century. The thriving village became a place of distribution for goods and a point of convergence for stage coaches. Hotels, stores, shops, services, and a milk processing plant were all in full swing until the closure of the railway line which unfortunately led to several closings and departures.
Today there are about 270 residents who enjoy the tranquility of their hamlet. Heritage of the first settlers, agriculture, dairy farms and market gardening continue to support the economy of the area and shape the bucolic scenery. The recent arrival of people from Spain, France, Switzerland and Belgium enriches the cultural component of the current population and adds to the tourist attraction.
A gentle dive into history deserves a halt in Stanbridge Station.
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