The Chronicle (Barton, Vermont) Article

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Barton Chronicle
TypeWeekly Newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s)Multiple, employee owned
PublisherTracy Davis Pierce
EditorTena Starr
Founded1974 (1974)
HeadquartersBarton, Orleans, Vermont

The Chronicle is a weekly newspaper published in Barton, Vermont. Circulation was 8,500 in 1998. [1] The paper had 260 original subscribers in 1974 and this figure grew to 7500 by the time the paper was sold to a group of employees in 2015. [2] [3]


The Chronicle was founded in 1974 by Chris and Ellen Braithwaite, and their partner, Edward Cowan, a Washington reporter with the New York Times. [4] The paper was started with a $500 investment by Cowan, who was a silent partner in the paper until 1977 when the Braithwaites became the only owners. [4] [3] The Barton Chronicle was initially published out of the Braithwaites' farmhouse, which at the time relied exclusively on wood heat and had no running water.[ citation needed] The paper moved to rented quarters on Upper Main Street in Barton in the spring of 1974, then into a farmhouse in West Glover the Braithwaites purchased in 1975 from the paper's star columnist, Loudon Young, for $10,000.[ citation needed] The paper gradually added staff and readers, and gradually became "The Weekly Journal of Orleans County," which has a population of about 27,000 in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. In 2015 the Braithwaites sold the newspaper to a group of its employees, who continue to publish it as a tabloid community newspaper. [2]

Online presence

The Barton Chronicle has a website where some content is behind a paywall. The paper also has a presence on social media.


  1. ^ Young, Darlene (1998). A history of Barton Vermont. Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association.
  2. ^ a b Davis, Mark (May 27, 2015). "How Three Vermont Media Companies Keep the Presses Rolling". Seven Days. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mares, Bill (July 8, 1977). "High News Standards Pay Off in Barton". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Wolff, Carlo (July 23, 1974). "Barton's Paper: Owning It Can Be Fun - and Done". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved July 27, 2018.

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