Cavendish annual Phineas Gage Walk and Talk

Phineas Gage
Phineas Gage Walk & Talk. Photo provided

CAVENDISH, Vt. – Many know the story of Phineas Gage, the railroad foreman, who sustained a traumatic brain injury when a tamping rod went through his head during a blasting accident. They may even know of Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish physician who treated him and followed his recovery, thereby documenting the first case of TBI in the medical literature.

Each year, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts the annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk to commemorate the event that took place Sept. 13, 1848. On Sunday, Sept. 8 at the CHS Museum, 1958 Main Street in Cavendish, Vt. The program begins at 2 p.m. 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 and surgery, and the boardinghouse where Gage was taken after his injury. The site of the accident is approximately three-quarters 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 email

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