Bent Northrop Public Library

FairfieldCenterSchoolSignDescription: The new Consuelo Northrop Bailey Historic Marker will be dedicated July 2005 outside of Bent Northrop Library at Fairfield Center School. Consuelo Northrop Bailey was born in Fairfield, in 1899 at her family farm. She was “first” in many areas” - first woman city prosecutor for Burlington, first woman lawyer to try a murder case in Vermont, first Vermont woman to be admitted to practice of law before U.S. Supreme Court, first woman Speaker of the House in Vermont Women's History Project, first woman Lieutenant Governor in U.S. Complementary copies of Consuelo Bailey’s autobiography, “Leaves Before the Wind” will be available at the library, the Country Store and the Chester A. Arthur Historic Site.

Directions: School is just before Fairfield Center four corners on your right, coming from St. Albans.

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Consuelo Northrup Bailey, courtesy of AAUW (PDF)

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Consuelo Northrup Bailey Cottage

whitehouseDescription: Known in Fairfield as the summer home of First Woman
Lieutenant Governor Consuelo Northrop Bailey

Directions: At the intersection with Northrop Road, turn left instead of right towards Green Wind Farm. 7 miles along this road, you will come upon a whitish large cottage. This was Consuelo Bailey’s homestead. The next large farm you come to right after that is the Howrigan’s. They own the Cottage.

Known in Fairfield as the summer home of First Woman Lieutenant Governor Consuelo Northrop Bailey, this home was actually built in 1856 by Patrick Flood. The Floods lived here until their deaths, when the small farm was taken over by their daughter and son-in-law, Bridget and Jack Mackin. In April 1928, Consuelo's mother, Katherine Northrop, bought "The Cottage" and its 33 acres. The property was farmed for many years and later was used as a summer home by Consuelo until her death in 1976. During that time, Consuelo's sister Fredericka and her husband Winston were yearly summer visitors. "The Cottage" is now owned by Harold and Anne Howrigan and has rejoined the acreage of "The Northrop Homestead".

The Northrop Homestead
Now referred to as "The Sheldon Farm", this 257 acre farm is owned by Harold and Anne Howrigan. Jonathan Northrop bought this farm on the Fairfield-Sheldon town line on May 13, 1863. In 1888, Jonathan sold the farm to his son, Peter Bent Brigham Northrop. It was to this farm that Peter brought his bride, Katherine Fletcher in 1891. It is the birthplace of their three daughters, Mary, Consuelo, and Fredericka.