Lincoln, Vermont - November 25, 2011
The town of Lincoln has 1,271 residents, but just one Harriet.
Harriet Brown is a proud native Vermonter.
"I was born in Buels Gore, that was a very special place," she says.
She was born on a farm so many years ago. She's 92 and just shy of 5 feet tall.
"A lot of times I feel younger," she says.
She married at 18 and taught school in Lincoln in a one-room schoolhouse.
Her list of achievements seems endless: writer, dowser, minister, farmer, and poet, just to name a few.
She's faced hardships, but it was the loss of her husband Fletcher a decade ago that was her biggest challenge. Her family wanted her to keep busy to take her mind off the sorrow.
"Well I was visualizing myself sitting her day after day by myself and it didn't seem like an interesting process,"
That didn't become an issue.
I had the pleasure of taking Mrs. Brown to work. Normally a relative drives Harriet to the family business, Maple Landmark Woodcraft in Middlebury.
"It amazes me how quickly we can get there, even to Bristol. We come down here with a horse and carriage," Brown says.
Middlebury was like going to a distant land, but now she goes every day.
And just like everyone, she works for 40 hours a week. And climbs the steep stairs to get to her special place.
Everyone at the factory calls Harriett grandma, Barbara Rainville calls it for real.
"Grandma works exteremly hard and she puts in a very full day everyday," says Rainville.
Her advice for people her age: Keep doing it!
And as long as she has her health, she will be hitching a ride to Middlebury.
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