Vergennes is Vermont’s oldest and smallest city. For a variety of reasons, I’ve grown incredibly fond of this community in recent years.
Established in 1788, Vergennes is home to about 2,800 residents. Vergennes is located along Otter Creek, which winds from the city to Lake Champlain. The city’s name was suggested by Ethan Allen to honor the Comte of Vergennes, who served as the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and negotiated the Treaty of Paris.
The city, which experienced difficult economic times in the 20th century, underwent a revitalization in the 1990s after the Vergennes Opera House was restored and re-opened its doors. These days, you can walk along Main Street and find a variety of locally-owned restaurants, cafes and shops.
Every so often, Dave and I take a road trip to Vergennes and nearby Basin Harbor. Occasionally we ask ourselves, “Wouldn’t it be fun to live here?” I definitely think so.