The 170th anniversary Gage Walk & Talk

CAVENDISH, Vt. – On Sept. 13, 1848, Phineas Gage left his Cavendish boarding house and walked into the annals of medical science. Approximately three-quarters of a mile from where he was staying, Gage was a foreman overseeing the blasting of rock for the laying of the railroad. In a matter of seconds, Gage went from talking to his crew to being knocked off his feet when a charge was accidentally set off, sending a tamping rod through his head.

Phineas Gage. Photo provided.

He would become the first documented case of traumatic brain injury and helped to usher in the field of neuroscience. Each year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the accident, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts a Gage Walk & Talk.

This year’s Walk & Talk takes place Sunday, Sept. 9 at the CHS Museum, Route 131 in Cavendish, Vt. The program begins at 2 p.m. The walk 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 is approximately three-quarters of a mile from the museum and by the time other sites of interest are visited and we return to the museum, you will have walked close to two miles. Participants can stop at any time. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

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

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