Vermont History & Heritage
From the tavern in which the first American constitution to limit slavery was signed, to an historic mill building that was birthplace of the American machine-tool industry, there’s much to explore along the Connecticut River Byway.
The towns that dot the Crossroad of Vermont Byway are full of history. Keep an eye out for old mills located along rivers to access water power and stately buildings that may have been the homes of mill owners. For more history, be sure to visit the region's excellent history museums.
Mountain pursuits are woven into the fabric of the Green Mountain Byway region and the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum provides visitors with historical insight into the development of these winter activities, which are designated as Vermont’s official sports.
Lake Champlain is at the heart of its region's history. Native Americans of several tribes and Europeans first met here, setting the course for modern Vermont. Agriculture and industry grew side by side, as did the means of transportation needed to get products to market. Numerous historic museums along the Lake Champlain Byway tell these stories.
The history of the Mad River Valley is told through the landscape and buildings the length of the Mad River Byway. Farms and villages allude to a localized economy and culture, while high up near the Appalachian Gap, the historically significant and still-operating Mad River Glen ski area reminds of the early days of the downhill skiing industry.
History runs deep along the Molly Stark Byway. The Bennington Monument, with its spectacular view of the region, is the location of Revolutionary War events that led to the defeat of British forces. Several local museums share this history. The Covered Bridge Museum is also in Bennington and the Natural History Museum is located in Marlboro.
From covered bridges and historically intact towns and villages, history surrounds the Northeast Kingdom visitor. Must-see museums on the Northeast Kingdom Byway include the Old Stone House Museum in the pastoral village of Brownington and the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, a unique natural history museum in historic St. Johnsbury.
One of the Scenic Route 100 Byway's most acclaimed historic sites is the preserved, pristine hill town of Plymouth Notch. Home to the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, Plymouth Notch is now a state historic site and the school he attended in nearby Ludlow is now a museum.
Whether it’s exploring historic villages, cemeteries, the region’s five covered bridges, or visiting museums or historic Bennington Potters, there is a wealth of opportunity that brings to life 250 years of New England history along the Shires of Vermont Byway.
The Stone Valley Byway is a region uniquely rich in history. Visitors can explore America’s best preserved Revolutionary War battlefields and some of Vermont's most in-depth Historical Society museums or take a guided forest walk through the remains of a once-thriving slate quarry and mill operation.