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northwestern Vermont and more.
Click on a city/town or scroll down for local web links of interest for our region.
Hinesburg, Vermont, located in the northwest of the state is nestled against
the edge of the Green Mountains, south of Burlington and east of Charlotte in
Chittenden County. The town was chartered in 1762, and has a history is rooted
in farming and early water-powered milling and manufacturing.
Quaint Hinesburg, home to about 4,500 residents, is surrounded by lush green
farmland along the serene LaPlatte River. Only about six miles square, the
western half is located in the Champlain Valley, and the eastern half in the
foothills of the Green Mountains.
Jericho, Vermont is in the foothills of the Mount Mansfield area, with close
proximity to Essex Junction, Essex and Underhill Vermont. A quaint community
with many small local businesses and great schools.
Jericho residents are minutes from Mount Mansfield’s approach trails, Underhill
State Park, Indian Brook Park, and Camel’s Hump State Park. The Burlington
cultural center and Lake Champlain are just 15 miles west of Jericho.
Situated between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, Milton is located about
15 miles north of Burlington, VT. With an estimated population of 9,500 people,
Milton encompasses approximately 38,336 acres of land. The town was formed in
1763 and it operates under a Selectboard-Manager form of government.
Milton enjoys a wide variety of year round, seasonal activities due to its easy
access to Lake Champlain, the Lamoille River, Lake Arrowhead, and Arrowhead
Mountain. The mountains of Jay Peak and Smuggler's Notch are nearby as well.
Burlington International Airport and Amtrak Railroad are both within 30 minutes
of the Milton community, otherwise known as "the best kept secret" in Chittenden
The City of Montpelier in Washington County is located on the shores of
the Winooski River, in the Green Mountains, in north central Vermont. Montpelier
became the Vermont State Capital in 1805 and was incorporated as a city in 1895.
Montpelier is a commercial, government and insurance center surrounded by
farmland and granite-quarrying areas. Major manufacturers include granite, wood
and plastic products and processed food. Montpelier is also home to the
quarterly newspaper, The ARTS Letter.
Montpelier Vermont, points of interest are the Greek Revival style State Capitol
- see photo above. The building was completed in 1859 of local granite. Also
located here are Hubbard Park, Vermont College, Woodbury College, The New
England Culinary Institution, and the Edward F. Knapp State Airport.
Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States and is the only
one without a McDonalds.
Montpelier is named for Montpelier, France and was settled in the 1780's.
Northfield, Vermont is a community located in the heart of Vermont's
Green Mountains. Home to Norwich University, the oldest private military college
in the United States, Northfield is an easy ten-mile drive from Montpelier, the
state's capital, and three hours from either Boston or Montreal. As such,
Northfield offers easy access to both idyllic rural and culturally diverse,
cosmopolitan settings. Within its own borders, Northfield provides over eighty
miles of roads in all directions, connecting it to surrounding communities and
creating the opportunity for year-round scenic driving.
Located outside of the Village are the more rustic sections of Northfield, as
well as Norwich University and Northfield Falls. The Town of Northfield has six
covered bridges, four of them located in “the Falls” on the northern edge of
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St. Albans is a wonderful community that sits in the valley between our Green
Mountains and Lake Champlain here in Franklin County. We have a rich history
that we are very proud of, from the St. Albans Raid to the Maple Festival, and
everything in between.
I would urge you all to stop by for a visit and check out our beautiful park,
unique shops, historical churches and wonderful restaurants as well as a
beautiful Museum. St. Albans is full of friendly people that are always willing
to steer you in the right direction.
When you do get to St. Albans, feel free to stop in or call City Hall and I
would be happy to chat and give you a tour of our little gem.
Description courtesy of
City of St. Albans Home Page.
The Town of St. George was chartered in 1763 in honor of King George III, the
then reigning monarch of England. Comprised of only 2,200 acres, St. George is
geographically the smallest town in the State of Vermont. Located in Chittenden
County, St. George is on the fringe of the greater Burlington metropolitan area.
Today, diverse neighborhoods, agricultural enterprises, a golf course and a
small industrial park are located within its small borders.
In order to preserve what makes our community unique, St.
George welcomes the active participation of all of its residents.
Schools: Grades K-8 - Williston, Grades 9-12 - school choice.
Many students attend Champlain Valley Union High School, but town will pay for students to
attend other approved schools such as the prestigious Waldorf School and Vermont
Commons School at the CVU rate which is currently approximately $11,500 a year.
Other schools may be available upon approval through the state.
South Burlington, Vermont is located in the western part of the state on the
shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. South Burlington became a town in 1865 after
breaking from its neighboring city, Burlington. The current population of the
community is about 16,500 citizens. The City is the regional center of the
hospitality and retail business sector. South Burlington is known for the
quality of its public schools, city services, parks, and recreational
South Burlington, in Chittenden County, Vermont offers many recreational
parks including the 90 acre "Red Rocks" including lake frontage on Shelburne
Starksboro is undergoing its second major growth period since the first settlers
arrived in 1788. Since 1960, Starksboro has experienced exceptional population
growth, doubling in size between 1970 and 1980. The proximity of Starksboro to
Burlington and the relatively easy commute to other job centers in Chittenden
County, Middlebury and Vergennes make Starksboro a desirable place to live for
people who would like to settle in the region.
Stowe Summer & Springtime Sports & Activities
Summer & Springtime visitors to Stowe enjoy gentle strolls and thrilling
above-timberline hiking, mountain and road biking, horseback-riding, fishing,
canoeing and kayaking, golf, tennis, soaring, and swimming in sparkling streams
Outdoor Sports & Year-round Activities in Stowe Vermont
At 4,395 feet, Stowe's Mt. Mansfield is- literally- the high point of
Vermont. This spectacular mountain forms the centerpiece of a region that is
legitimately world famous for its outdoor activities and adventures.
Fall Sports & Activities
Fall in Stowe brings the explosions of autumn color for which Vermont is
internationally famed. The brilliance of Stowe's fall foliage adds an extra
dimension of enjoyment to every outdoor pursuit, from serene strolls on the
world famous recreation path to nerve-jangling rock climbs on the faces of
Smugglers Notch and everything in between.
Winter Sports & Activities
In winter, skiers and snowboarders come from around the world to experience
Mt. Mansfield's storied terrain. Stowe also offers sleigh and dog-sledding,
snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Stowe is especially famous as one of
North America's premier cross country skiing destinations, with hundreds of
kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails.
Located "At the Foot of Mount Mansfield," the Town of Underhill is a rural
community of approximately 3020 residents. The Town has two main areas: the
Underhill Flats area, encompassing the VT Route 15 corridor shared with the Town
of Jericho and Poker Hill Road, and Underhill Center, at the intersection of
River Road and Pleasant Valley Road.
While Underhill is so situated as to suggest that the name
is derived from its physical proximity to Mount Mansfield ("under the hill"), it
is actually named for Benjamin Underhill or Underhill Horton or both.
Westford is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont with a population of 2,087
Small, gorgeous and all country might describe this small town. Browns River
meanders along Westford and provides a pretty backdrop to the already beautiful
Picturesque landscapes remain throughout the community. Many roads provide
historic and contemporary views of farming and rural living. Most of the roads
in Westford are the original ones laid out by the early townspeople.
Williston was one of ten towns granted on the same day to
many of the same people, named for Samuel Willis, a wealthy Quaker from Long
Island and the first grantee named. While Willis was named on several of the
other town grants, this one was clearly the best of the group: it offered acres
upon acres of already clear, tillable farmland along the Winooski River.
Thomas Chittenden, Vermont's first governor and for whom the county is named, is
credited with being the first to settle in Williston, though he submerged the
family's heavier belongings in the duck pond and headed for Arlington during the
With the coming of the Central Vermont Railroad, the smaller village of North
Williston became a focal point, in 1876 the site of the first cold storage plant
in New England. Tons of meat, poultry, butter and eggs could be stored here
before being shipped to the New York and Boston markets.
Williston, Vermont's Catamount Outdoor Family Center is located on 500
beautiful acres are over 20 miles of professionally designed and maintained
trails for both winter and summer use. Pictured - a fall day in Williston.
The name Winooski comes from the Abenaki for "wild onions", plentiful along the
river. The earliest European documentation offering a written approximation of
the native word are French-made maps, which identify the river as "Ouinousqui."
In the southeast corner of Colchester was a fine natural falls in the Winooski
(then Onion or French) River (more River info here) where Ira Allen, one of the
grantees of Colchester, built grain and lumber mills in about 1772. To protect
their interests from marauding French and Indians, he and his cousin Remember
Baker built a two-story palisaded enclosure which they called Fort Frederick.
Good land nearby attracted settlers, and the community which grew up around the
mills and the fort became known as Allen's Settlement, later as Winooski Falls,
then simply Winooski when it was incorporated as a civil entity separate from
The large number of French Canadians who came to work in the textile mills in
later years resulted in a portion of the city being referred to as French