St. Johnsbury's center of commerce and industry are not far from the railroads and rivers that were the engines of the local economy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its location and the success of companies like Fairbanks Scales helped make St. Johnsbury prosperous. The local gentry funded and built numerous cultural and education institutions and fine homes that exist today as a testament to the town's history.
St. Johnsbury has two distinct areas that comprise the downtown. Railroad Street, which parallels the railroad, is a commercial district with a number of distinctive and historic buildings storefronts, offices, and apartments.
Main Street, a short distance up Eastern Avenue, is a broad, nearly three-quarter-mile long boulevard. This Historic District contains many grand homes, several beautiful churches, plus the elegant St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (pictured), a National Historic Landmark library and gallery; the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, a classic museum of natural history; and St. Johnsbury Academy, a unique public/private secondary school with an attractive campus.
Several attractive buildings also grace Eastern Avenue, the thoroghfare connecting Railroad Street and Main Street. These include Catamount Arts located in the historic Masonic Temple, and a collection of older building converted to office and commercial use. The downtown district features several architectural highlights including the historic Pomerleau building, a former train station now serving as the Welcome Center. In addition, downtown has film venues, multiple dining options and many retailers.
For more information about St. Johnsbury visit St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, or The Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association
Travel Information is available by calling 800-884-8001.