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  • The Vermont Town Meeting Tradition: A Conversation with Former Governor Jim Douglas
    The Vermont Town Meeting Tradition: A Conversation with Former Governor Jim Douglas

    Town Meeting Day in Vermont is right around the corner. On the first Tuesday in March, Vermonters have traditionally gathered to cast their votes on local issues. Town meeting participation in Vermont has been on the decline for several decades. Of course, the pandemic has further...

  • Vermont Historic Markers Highlight History, People and Places
    Vermont Historic Markers Highlight History, People and Places

    In downtown Burlington, the state's newest Vermont historic marker stands at the birthplace of the Green Mountain Club. Of the nearly 300 Vermont historic markers across the state, the Green Mountain Club's plaque is where James P. Taylor originally conceived of The Long Trail. Taylor founded...

  • Podcast: Stargazing at Stellafane in Springfield
    Podcast: Stargazing at Stellafane in Springfield

    Perched at the top of Breezy Hill in Springfield is a hot pink clubhouse that's a National Historic Landmark. The clubhouse, called Stellafane, was built in the 1920s and is owned by the Springfield Telescope Makers Club. In August, about 800 amateur telescope maker enthusiasts roamed...

  • Visit Mount Holly for Historic Charm and Outdoor Fun
    Visit Mount Holly for Historic Charm and Outdoor Fun

    The 20-mile stretch between North Clarendon and Ludlow on Route 103 winds along the rocky Mill River and meanders through the tiny unincorporated village of Cuttingsville before curving to the southeast. If not for a yellow blinking light and a couple of signs, the town...

  • A Vision to Revive Main Street with Danby Village Shops
    A Vision to Revive Main Street with Danby Village Shops

    Danby is home to the largest underground marble quarry in the world, stretching more than a mile into Dorset Mountain. Its marble, used in many famous buildings and monuments, including the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, is known for its durability...

  • What Makes Vermont Weird?
    What Makes Vermont Weird?

    Chad Abramovich loves to explore the weird side of Vermont. He’s passionate about photographing abandoned buildings, learning every last detail about mysterious legends, and sharing strange tales that highlight obscure places. Abramovich, who publishes a blog, obscurevermont.com, and shares photos on his Instagram account, The Tyranny...

  • Radio Towers, Historic Homes, and a Ravine: Facebook Group Shares Burlington’s Dynamic History
    Radio Towers, Historic Homes, and a Ravine: Facebook Group Shares Burlington’s Dynamic History

    Burlington is where Ben & Jerry’s was born and the home of Burton Snowboards. Bernie Sanders was elected mayor here, and Vermont’s first female governor, Madeline Kunin, launched her political career at Burlington City Hall. With a population of about 40,000 people, Burlington—Vermont’s largest city—is home...

  • 6 Things to Know about Historic Newbury
    6 Things to Know about Historic Newbury

    Newbury is not the oldest town in Vermont, but its historic charm is undeniable. Located in Orange County in northeastern Vermont along the Connecticut River, Newbury is one of those classic New England towns with beautifully maintained old homes, a general store on Main Street, and...

  • Get Outside: Tubing and Hiking in Manchester
    Get Outside: Tubing and Hiking in Manchester

    Tubing the Battenkill River and hiking trails in Manchester Vermont are ideal ways to enjoy summer in the Green Mountains. It’s been 137 years since Manchester first promoted itself as a summer destination. In 1883, Franklin Orvis, owner of the Equinox House (now Equinox Resort), marketed...

  • Prospect Mountain Ski Area Preserves its Character and Looks to the Future
    Prospect Mountain Ski Area Preserves its Character and Looks to the Future

    The winters are long at Prospect Mountain Ski Area. That’s because Prospect Mountain, located off Route 9 in Woodford, has elevation in its favor. The rugged, small town of Woodford in Bennington County has the highest elevation of any Vermont community. At Prospect Mountain, the base...