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In 1846 this lot was vacant. Five years later the Barrows House opened as a hotel. When Bill Wilson was born here in 1895, his Grandmother Wilson owned the hotel, which had been in her family since it was built by her father. When she married Bill's grandfather, the hotel became The Wilson House.
Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder, William Griffith Wilson - aka, Bill W.
The Wilson House
Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder, Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, MD - aka, Dr. Bob
*Doctor Bob (Robert Holbrook Smith, 1879-1950) was also a native Vermonter, born in St. Johnsbury. His boyhood home is now a drug and alcohol abuse treatment center.

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