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Romaine Tenney

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Romaine Tenney
BornMay 7, 1900
Ascutney, Vermont
💀DiedSeptember 12, 1964
Ascutney, VermontSeptember 12, 1964
Cause of deathfire, suicide
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
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Romaine Tenney (May 7, 1900 – September 12, 1964) was an American bachelor farmer from Ascutney, Vermont who refused to leave his home, a 75-acre farm, which had been owned by his family since 1892 and his lifelong residence, in order for the farm to be bisected for Interstate 91 to meet Vermont Route 131.[1] In the early morning hours of September 12, 1964, Tenney set fire to his barns and house, allegedly barricaded himself inside, and died in the blaze. A shotgun was found among the ruins and it is believed that Tenney committed suicide as the fire gained strength. The event made national news. Tenney was known as a quiet, friendly, and jovial man. He was kind, independent, and his yester-year approach made him beloved by all. He did not display any behavior that suggested a vigilante nature. He told many that he wished to die on the farm where he was born.[2] The southbound lanes of I-91 at Exit 8 in Ascutney occupy what once was the Tenney farmstead.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2013-03-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Eminent Domain in Ascutney, Vermont - I Will Not Leave". newengland.com.

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