Beatrice Vaughan

Beatrice Vaughan
Beatrice Vaughan

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Everyday Life, Writers

Notable Facts

Wrote and published five cookbooks. Wrote many short stories and essays for local papers and regional papers.

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Date of Death


Primary Residence




Historical Significance

Beatrice "Bea" Emerson Vaughan was born on August 14, 1908 in Hartford, Vermont to Leonard and Frances Emerson. She had three sisters and a brother. Vaughan lived most of her life in Thetford, Vermont, with a short period in Norwich, Vermont and in Boston, Massachusetts.

Beatrice Emerson married George Fairbanks Vaughan on November 26, 1926. They had four children, Cynthia, Richard Wallace, George Jr., and Jerome.

Vaughan was a homemaker most of her life. One of her hobbies was collecting old cookbooks and recipes from friends, family and neighbors. Some of the recipes that she collected were handwritten and she had never seen them in any cookbook. Vaughan was interested in the history of cooking. She would take the recipes she found and try them out on her family.

In 1957, Vaughan took a creative writing class at the newly established Lebanon College in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Her teacher was so impressed with her writing that she submitted a couple of her short stories to the local paper, the Valley News, where they were published. Vaughan ended up writing a weekly column for the paper. She also wrote several short stories and articles for the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Profiles (a monthly magazine dealing with New England, but mostly New Hampshire), Success Unlimited and the Brattleboro Reformer.

A friend of Vaughan's told her that she should write a book about her recipes and short stories. Vaughan wrote and published six cookbooks and several short stories. All six cookbooks were published by The Stephen Greene Press of Brattleboro, VT. Vaughan's first cookbook, "Yankee Hill-Country Cooking", was published in 1963. Other cookbooks which were published included "The Old Cook's Almanac", "Store Cheese Cooking", "Real Old Time Yankee Maple Cooking", and "The Ladies Aid Cookbook."

"The settlers who moved to the mountain wildernesses of New England brought with them cooking methods from their old homes in other parts of the colonies, and these, in turn were the traditional recipes of England, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands," she wrote.

In December,1963, Yankee Hill-Country Cooking was Doubleday's cookbook of the month. Her cookbooks are at the Thetford Historical Society.

Vaughan wrote short stories and essays up until her passing in May of 1972.

Organizations or Movements

  • Ladies Aid Society


  • Homemaker
  • writer
  • cookbook expert
  • New England historian.

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Thetford Historical Sociey