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Phineas Gage Walk and Talk


When: Sept 8 (Sunday); 2 pm

Where: Cavendish Historical Society Museum, 1958 Main St., Cavendish VT

Description: Many know the story of Phineas Gage, the railroad foreman who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), when a tamping rod went through his head during a blasting accident. They may even know of Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish, VT physician who treated him and followed his recovery, thereby documenting the first case of TBI in the medical literature. Who many are unaware of is the doctor who trained Harlow at a time when few doctors washed their hands, bled patients and had little understanding of the brain.

 Each year, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts the annual Phineas Gage Walk  & Talk, to commemorate the event that took place on Sept. 13, 1848. On Sunday Sept. 8 at the CHS Museum, 1958 Main St. Cavendish, VT. The program begins at 2 pm at the Museum and includes a demonstration of how Gage’s brain was injured.. The walk follows the presentation and includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury. The site of the accident of the accident is approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Museum and is mainly on black top.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

Earlier Event: September 2
Labor Day
Later Event: September 9
Cavendish Select Board Meeting