Agriculture and Industry Heritage Museums Historic Sites Small Towns and Downtowns
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tell the story of Vermont’s heritage, arts and crafts
Agriculture and Industry early Vermonters were hardworking and industrious. Museums of agriculture and industry tell the stories of how natural resources were employed to help provide for families and build Vermont: the American Precision Museum in Windsor, the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, the New England Maple Museum in Pittsford, the Vermont Granite Museum in Barre and the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor.
chronicle the development of a state, its people, and the nation
The Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, the Eureka Schoolhouse in Springfield, the Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton, the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Kent Tavern in Calais, Mount Independence in Orwell, the Old Constitution House in Windsor, the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, the President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site in Fairfield and the Theron Boyd House in Quechee.
Explore 13,000 years of history at the Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center in Barre. Exhibits, workshop and lectures draw on unearthed evidence from over 750 archaeological Vermont sites. Important archaeologic collections are also found at the Fleming Museum in Burlington. For nautical archaeology telling the stories of numerous shipwrecks the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes.
Downtowns and Small Towns
Vermont's thriving downtowns are where visitors and residents find the distinctive local businesses, historic buildings, and rich cultural and social activities that form Vermont's special sense of community. These authentic and attractive downtowns and villages are widely recognized as a key part of the state’s allure. Not only will you find streets and architecture of historical significance, but also memorable shopping and dining experiences. Locally-owned retail businesses display everything from hardware to specialty goods, and fine restaurants that serve fresh, local food and wines.
Vermont Downtowns are a Centerpiece of Community Life
The Downtown Program, established in 1994, is a revitalization effort that builds on each community’s history; these local efforts have demonstrated how revitalization encourages the local economy and cultural institutions, while supporting growth in a way that minimizes environmental impacts:
Waterbury located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, is a vibrant community of just over 5,000 encompassing Waterbury Village, Colbyville and Waterbury Center. A 20 minute drive from Montpelier, 30 minutes from Burlington, and midway between the popular resort areas of Stowe and the Mad River Valley, Waterbury sits at the intersection of three of Vermont’s most heavily traveled and scenic roads. Downtown is home to a colorful mix of residential neighborhoods, civic and cultural facilities, independent small businesses and the Ben & Jerry Factory.
Newport lies on the southern shore of Lake Memphremagog just a few miles south of the Quebec border. Visitors can pursue year-round outdoor adventures, including boating, swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling. The Kingdom Games offer competitive and recreational races. Newport eateries source local foods and turn them into award winning dishes. Video
Burlington and its walkable waterfront is home to a thriving arts scene, creative entrepreneurship, great shopping, three colleges and a university, and a full range of four-season outdoor pursuits. Fountains, a brick-paved pedestrian mall, and historic buildings ranging in style from Victorian to Art Deco and Streamline Modern provide the backdrop for the Church Street Marketplace.
The nearby waterfront includes lakeside parks, ferry crossings, excursion boats, and a 12.5 mile walking/bike path that connects to the Lake Champlain Islands and its 200 miles of shorelines.
Montpelier is the largest urban historic district in Vermont. Of the exquisite historic buildings, the crown jewel is the impeccably restored State House, one of the oldest and best preserved in the country. Three blocks away is the city’s bustling business district. Linger at independently-owned shops offering books, recordings, clothing, fine crafts and pastries, or dine in one of the many restaurants, cafes or delis in the city. The thriving arts community has earned Montpelier recognition as being one of the best 100 small arts towns in the United States. Nestled where two rivers meet and sheltered by surrounding hillsides, Montpelier also offers ample recreational opportunities. A bike path follows the Winooski River. The 200 acres of North Branch River Park offer gentle trails and access to miles of cross-country ski, mountain bike, and walking trails. Hubbard Park, the city’s premier forested park rising above the State House, provides great views from a stone tower, diverse natural areas and walking trails just a short walk from the State House.
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