Learn how buildings and the landscape tell stories of the past
A great way to get to know Vermont is by exploring its many historic towns and villages. Whether located near a waterfall that was employed as an early source of energy, like Bellows Falls, or situated near abundant natural resources, like the slate belt town of Poultney--these towns' stories are captured forever in their buildings, streetscapes and landscapes. Here are some of the communities that have developed walking tours, pod casts, and local driving tours to share their unique history.
Stroll downtown Barre to unearth a fascinating history shaped by the many facets of the granite industry. Visitors will discover stately buildings and a variety of historic and contemporary granite sculptures that illustrate the town's industrial past and its present support for arts and culture.
The Bellows Falls Neighborhood Historic District serves as a narrator of the history of Bellows Falls Village and the Town of Rockingham. Through type, style, and age, an array of buildings tells a story that’s been evolving for almost 250 years. Explore the commercial, industrial, and residential development of the surrounding village and town.
Vermont's state capital is a lively center for commerce and the arts; it’s no wonder a walking tour of this compact city of under 10,000 residents is as interesting as it is wondrous. Tours of State Street, Main Street, and College Street explore residential, government, commercial and cultural neighborhoods.
Located on the western border of Vermont and in the center of the Slate Valley, Poultney’s long history captures 200 years of Vermont activity. Expertly-produced tours lead visitors through downtown Poultney, East Poultney, and the surrounding hollows, farms, and quarries. Available in print or by podcast or DVD.
Straddling the waterfalls of the Otter Creek in the Champlain Valley, Vergennes is the smallest and oldest chartered city in Vermont, and the third oldest in New England. Architectural gems, an ample falls basin, and the town’s streetscape illustrate Vergennes’ history in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and turn-of-the-century industry.
Although Waterbury was hard hit by major floods in 1927 and 2011, today much of the historic elements of town still remain. Walking and driving tours take visitors to Waterbury Village, Mill Village, Colby and Waterbury Center where history, commerce, culture and cuisine combine seamlessly .