Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk

September 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cavendish Historical Society Museum
1958 Main St
Cavendish, VT 05142

Phineas Gage’s traumatic injury

Each year, the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) holds a “walk & talk” on the famous accident in Cavendish that ushered in the field of neuroscience and a clearer understanding of how the brain functions. This year’s emphasis will be on the “walk” portion, because the program will be held entirely outside. It takes place on the 172nd anniversary of the accident. Included in the walk is the boarding house where Gage stayed, the site of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s surgery and more.
While blasting for the new railroad, Phineas Gage had a tamping rod blow through his head, yet lived for 12 more years. Thanks to the painstaking work of Dr. John Harlow, the Cavendish physician who treated him, the accident and Gage’s injuries and recovery continue to be studied.

The site of the accident is approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Museum; by the time other sites of interest are visited and we return to the museum, you will have walked for close to 2 miles. Participants can stop at any time. It’s recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes.

This event is free and open to the public. Masks and social distancing are required.
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