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Scenes from the Little City of Vergennes

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. It’s 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 here and nearby Basin Harbor. Occasionally we ask ourselves, “Wouldn’t it be fun to live here?”

I definitely think so.


VergennesMain Street in Vergennes.VergennesDave enjoying coffee in Vergennes.
vergennesA view of Lake Champlain from Basin Harbor Club.
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1 Comment
  • A New England Life
    Posted at 00:35h, 19 August Reply

    There are some towns that just seem to have a draw on you. They just feel like home. Nice to see that it feels that way to your husband as well.

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