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On a recent morning I visited The Old First Church in Bennington, the first church in Vermont to reflect the separation of church and state. The church, built in the early 1800s, includes a beautiful cemetery where Robert Frost is buried. My favorite detail about this...

Over the weekend I stopped by Shelburne Shipyard, a marina on Lake Champlain. Founded in 1820, Shelburne Shipyard built a series of steamboats in the 19th and early 20th centuries that provided vital marine transportation in the Champlain Valley. Twelve side-wheel steamboats were built at the...

The scenic hamlet of Grafton is one of the most beautiful towns in Vermont. Located between Townshend and Chester, Grafton is a quintessential, classic New England village. In the heart of the community you'll find The Grafton Inn, Grafton Village Cheese and the Grafton Village...

This summer I'm looking forward to spending some time at the Dorset Quarry. Mined in 1785, the Dorset Quarry on Route 30 in Dorset is the oldest marble quarry in the United States. It's now a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors in southern...

Lake Champlain is one of the most historic lakes in North America. The lake, which became a vital transportation corridor in the 19th century, was a location for military activity and battles during the French and British military conflict, the Revolutionary War, and the War...

The first time I hiked the Long Trail was in 1979 during an elementary school class trip. We hiked on a cold autumn day to the summit of Bromley Mountain, a ski area in southern Vermont. I carried my lunch and a small camera in...

Every spring Dave and I set aside a day to visit Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. The operating dairy farm, established in 1871 by Frederick Billings, offers agricultural exhibits, educational programs, and special events throughout the year. The farm's rural setting is beautiful and the...

The size of Harriman Reservoir is impressive, but its history is what grabs your attention. Along the reservoir's floor are remnants of an old logging village that was flooded in the 1920s when the Deerfield River was dammed to generate power. Harriman Reservoir, also known as...

[caption id="attachment_2268" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Goshen Town Hall[/caption] Town Meeting, held the first Tuesday in March, is an annual tradition in Vermont. Residents gather in town halls and school gymnasiums around the state to vote on local budgets, debate community issues, and elect town officials. Attendance at Town...

Vergennes is Vermont's smallest city -- and the state's oldest -- but everything about it feels modern, dynamic and energetic. National Geographic Traveler took notice of this quirky community and mentioned it in the magazine's July/August 2009 issue. Walk along Main Street and you'll find outstanding...