Located on the Quebec-Vermont border, the community was settled in the 1790s. Before the first settlers arrived, the region was populated by the Abenakis, whose presence is still felt in the names we use every day: Tomifobia, Massawippi, Coaticook, etc. The first family to arrive were the Taplins, who settled in 1796. The Taplins were like virtually every other pioneer family of that era. They came to Stanstead from New England. And they were looking for good land, which was becoming scarce in the new American republic.