Much of the slate that graces the roofs of many of Vermont's historic barns, homes and town buildings comes from the mountains near Poultney - a charming small college town set at the base of the Taconic Mountain Range and in the Lakes Region of Rutland County.
Green Mountain College’s beautiful campus contributes to the quaint downtown Main Street lined with one-of-a-kind shops, friendly eateries, a historical society, and a library. There’s plenty of activity – the weekly farmer’s market, plays, concerts, a craft fair, Welsh heritage celebration, Chili Cook-off, and Town-Wide Yard Sale.
Both Poultney and East Poultney are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The Poultney Historical Society offers guided tours of many of the important historical buildings. Among these are the Union Academy dating to 1791, the Melodeon Factory built in 1840, and the 1896 Victorian School House.
Visitors can also tour one of the museums in East Poultney to learn the history of the slate valley, a history that includes the site of Vermont’s first library, the family of Ethan Allen, and the publishing pioneers George Jones and Horace Greeley.
Approximately one-third of Lake St. Catherine is located within the Poultney town limits. One of Vermont’s most beautiful lakes, it’s a great place for fishing, boating and other water sports. A short drive north is Lake Bomoseen, another prominent destination for boaters for over a century. And don’t forget golf at the nearby Lake St. Catherine Country Club, and fall foliage with great viewing along Routes 30, 31 and 140.
For more information: www.poultneyvt.com , 802-287-2010