If Vermont ever had an Ebenezer Scrooge, it was Silas Griffith.
He was bold, ambitious and often shrewd to the point of heartlessness. Griffith lived to make money, and was tremendously successful at it. During the late 1800s, his lumber and charcoal enterprise employed 600 people and made him Vermont’s first millionaire.
Griffith’s business required huge tracts of land, which he bought, often through foreclosure, and amassed 50,000 acres that sprawled over the towns of Danby, Mount Tabor, Dorset, Arlington, Peru, Manchester, Wallingford and Groton.