Vermont Off The Beaten Path
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This is only the beginning
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A Country Store
Overlooking Lake Champlain, Charlotte, Vermont, is a quiet town that's been around since 1762. Just south of the larger and busier Burlington, Charlotte offers a great place to stop if you arrive in Vermont the same way I did - by ferry from New York.The place to stop is the Old Brick Store, a country general store that's been in Charlotte for more than a century. It's located at 290 Ferry Rd. and offers exactly what you think a country store would and should offer - sodas, snacks, newspapers, penny candy, postcards, and more. There's even a community bulletin board here. Outside it offers benches on the porch and a cool mural on the side of the building.If you've come to Vermont for a traditional New England experience, this is a great place to start.
Mt Philo State Park
A small mountain to climb or to walk up. It is close to 2,000 feet and provides incredible views of Vermont and the Adirondak State Park into New York. The park sits about 3-5 miles from the New York ferry. Take a right onto Route 7, then a left onto Mt Philo State Road (kind of hidden). Continue straight until you hit the park. The person at the watch stand will direct you where to go.Camping is available along with showers and drinking water. I don't advise camping here unless it is for a night simply replacing a hotel room. Not very much to do there. I met some friends to camp out and we were just hanging out and the park ranger kept coming by and told us to whisper. It was barely 10:00PM and we were honestly being quiet! I don't like campsites where they discourage hanging out by the fire. Sorry of the quick complaint. The view alone is worth the stop. Stay for an hour and drive back...
Hill House is at the end of a quarter-mile (one-half-kilometer) dirt road, which served as our driveway. In the summer it was dusty, and during the "mud season" in March when the snows were melting, it was deep in gooey mud. In fact, it was so muddy that our car frequently became stuck. Sometimes in the winter, the snow drifted so deep that it would take an entire day for the town crew to plow the road.
The landscape of Vermont is characterized by rolling hills, forests, fields, quaint villages, and farms with historic barns. Most of Vermont's barns were built in the mid-1800s as small subsistence farms were converted to relatively larger dairy operations. Big barns were needed to house the herds of dairy cattle.Unfortunately, many of the small-scale family farms in Vermont cannot compete with enormous corporate dairy farms, especially in California and other places in the West. As a result, many of these farms are not able to survive, declare bankruptcy, and go out of business. The barns that once housed herds of dairy cattle are no longer used or maintained. There are an estimated 12,000 historic barns in Vermont. Around 1,000 are lost every ten years. Barns that are no longer used or maintained will fall into disrepair and will eventually collapse. When that happens, Vermont loses...
One of the iconic symbols of Vermont is its numerous dairy farms and their red barns, white farmhouses, and black-and-white Holstein cows. Vermont is known as a state dedicated to dairy farming, and has been so since the early 1800s.The Vermont dairy industry is the largest in New England. The average herd size is 115 cows, and each cow produces about 17,500 pounds (7,938 kilograms) of milk per year. About 90 percent of the milk produced is exported to the southern New England states. In addition to milk, many farms are beginning to produce cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products. (Cabot Creamery is producing Cheddar cheese which has been judged best in the world, and Ben & Jerry's famous ice cream is produced in Vermont).Despite the importance of the state's dairy industry, it is difficult for the small family farms in Vermont to compete with enormous corporate farms in other parts...
Peacham was established in 1776, and most of the historic houses along the main intersection in Peacham Village date from the early 1800s. Architectural styles that can be seen in Peacham Village include Federalist, Georgian, and Greek Revival.
Many ponds and lakes dot the Northeast Kingdom, including Keiser Pond. Keiser Pond is shared between the towns of Danville and Peacham since it straddles the town line. The 33-acre (13-hectare) pond is fed from the west by Sawyer Brook, and is surrounded by northern white cedar swamps. The shallow waters of Keiser Pond contain yellow perch, chain pickerel, and brown bullheads. Aquatic mammals such as beaver, mink, muskrat, and otter can be found in the vicinity of the pond.In 2007, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department acquired a package of shoreside parcels totaling 39 acres (16 hectares), including a 3,800-foot (1,158-meter) section of pond frontage, meaning that Keiser Pond has been forever preserved from any development.Up on the hill in the distance is the house and barn that make up Hill House, which is where I lived from 1968 to 1973.
The American-Canadian Border Marker
Outside the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, there is a stone border marker which marks the border between the United States and Canada.There are no border formalities here. Visitors can freely cross between the two countries to take pictures of the border marker, and to stand with one foot in each country.
The Haskell Free Library
The Haskell Free Library is probably the most unique library in the world. The building housing the library straddles the international border, and half is in Derby Line, Vermont and the other half is in Stanstead, Quebec. The library has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is also a Canadian historical site.Most of the library's collection of books is on the Canadian side of the border, so it has been said that the Haskell Free Library is the only library in the United States with no books. The collection includes 20,000 volumes in both English and French.The Haskell Free Library was built in 1904 in the neo-Classical style of architecture by American sawmill owner Carlos Haskell and his Canadian wife Martha Stewart Haskell for use by the people of both countries. The library has since been donated to Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec. It is currently...
Sugarbrush Farm, Woodstock, VT
My wife and I love this place. It is a working farm in the hills above Woodstock, Vermont. One-hundred percent pure maple syrup and several varieties of cheese are their primary products. They collect the sap and burn it down into syrup in their on-site smokehouse (I would love to watch them do this in late winter/very early spring sometime) producing four separate grades of syrup depending on what time of the spring the maple sap was harvested. The lighter, sweeter syrup is harvested earliest in the spring and the thicker and more robust flavors come last. Personally, the two middle grades, Grade A Light and Grade A Dark, are my favorites; however, they let you sample each one at their shop so you can pick your own fave. They also let you sample their dozen types of cheese, some of which has been aged up to five years.We have ordered from Sugarbrush Farms three times, twice in person...
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