History

  • Dot’s Restaurant Makes a Comeback
    Dot’s Restaurant Makes a Comeback

    Laura Sibilia was at home on Aug. 28, 2011 when she heard that Dot's Restaurant in Wilmington was gone. Tropical Storm Irene had pummeled Vermont with heavy rain and flooding that day, devastating the Mount Snow region. Dot's, a favorite among locals and visitors, was knocked...

  • Vermont’s Haunted Covered Bridge
    Vermont’s Haunted Covered Bridge

    Emily's Bridge in Stowe looks like any other covered bridge in Vermont. But how the bridge makes people feel is an entirely different story. Officially called Gold Brook Bridge, the one-lane bridge was built in 1844. Over the years, the bridge has become better known as...

  • A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain
    A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain

    The famous "100-Mile View" from Hogback Mountain in Marlboro is more than just a pretty place. When you stop at this popular scenic overlook on Route 9 (the Molly Stark Byway), you'll find gorgeous views of forested land and mountains in Vermont, Massachusetts and New...

  • Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms
    Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms

    The tractor-wagon ride to the Children's Farmyard is usually the highlight of our day whenever we visit Shelburne Farms. The 15-minute ride on an old dirt road to the main Farm Barn is always fun for kids, and it's also a treat for adults. The panoramic...

  • Counting Barns in the Vermont Barn Census
    Counting Barns in the Vermont Barn Census

    Travel through any town in Vermont and you'll eventually come across a barn. The barn might be rectangular, round, renovated or dilapidated. Barns, in any shape or size, are an integral part of our working landscape and essential to understanding Vermont's agricultural roots. How many barns...

  • The Old Round Church in Richmond
    The Old Round Church in Richmond

    The Old Round Church in Richmond is one of the most iconic buildings in Vermont. Built in 1813, the church was originally designed for Vermont town meetings and church services. These days, this National Historic Landmark is open to the public during the summer and...

  • After Tropical Storm Irene: Finding the Familiar in Jamaica
    After Tropical Storm Irene: Finding the Familiar in Jamaica

    On a recent weekend getaway to southern Vermont,  I wasn't sure what to expect while driving to Jamaica. The town was among the hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene, which destroyed homes and washed out roads in Vermont on Aug. 28, 2011. As I drove south...

  • A Year After Irene: Bridge Street in Waitsfield
    A Year After Irene: Bridge Street in Waitsfield

    [caption id="attachment_799" align="aligncenter" width="720"] The Mad River and the Village Bridge in Waitsfield.[/caption] When Tropical Storm Irene tore through Vermont last August, some of the towns hardest hit included communities along Route 100. From Wilmington to Waterbury, the damage was devastating – rain and flooding washed...

  • Chiselville Covered Bridge in Sunderland
    Chiselville Covered Bridge in Sunderland

    The Chiselville Covered Bridge, built in 1870, spans the Roaring Branch on Sunderland Hill Road in Sunderland. Vermont has about 100 covered bridges, and this Bennington County bridge is one that I always remember in particular. It must be the sign at the entrance: "One Dollar...

  • Tales of Vermont Haunted Forests
    Tales of Vermont Haunted Forests

    Alien abductions and alternate dimensions? The Green Mountains are filled with intriguing legends and ghost tales, including some that have been told for more than a century. Now, just in time for Halloween, a new book explores  Vermont haunted forests. "Haunted Hikes of Vermont" by Tim...