A Deep History of Invention
A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
While productive farmland gave the town its early success, it was the Black River Falls that powered the community to become a dynamic machine tool center during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You can explore the region’s history on the Machine Tool Trail which passes through Springfield's historic industrial area and downtown, or visit the Hartness House Inn that showcases one of the first tracking telescopes in America. Both the Eureka Schoolhouse and Baltimore Covered Bridge evidence the legacy of an earlier era.
Downtown you will find the theater that hosted the world premiere of “The Simpsons Movie” in 2007. The Gallery at the Vault is a Vermont State Craft Center with several fine, local restaurants nearby. Annual events include the Windsor County Agricultural Fair and the Stellafane Amateur Telescope Makers Convention.
Outdoor recreation starts right in town with a bicycle/pedestrian path that runs along the Black River to meet the larger Connecticut River four miles downstream. Known as Hoyt’s Landing, this is a popular spot for boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing. Nature enthusiasts also enjoy the North Springfield Bog, several parks, and local, full-service campgrounds.
The surrounding forests and trails offer hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Several mountain resorts are nearby and include, Okemo, Killington, Stratton Mountain, Bromley and Magic Mountain. Golf enthusiasts can play and dine at Springfield's 18-hole championship Crown Point Country Club, and at several other courses in nearby towns.