Pownal Things to Do
Black History in Vermont
As my contribution to the American celebration of Black History Month, I would like to encourage anyone living or traveling in the New England states to visit the Museum of Black World War II History. It is a small museum consisting of about two rooms but they are filled with weapons, models, and photographs documenting the achievements and contributions of African-Americans to the US effort in WW II.
Since my visit, I have read that they have received two WW II vintage pickup trucks, so I would imagine that they are about to move part of the museum outdoors.
See the stories of the USS Mason, the first US Navy warship with a full crew of African-Americans, who very highly distinguished themselves in the latter part of the War in action in the Atlantic.
Discover the story of the first African-American to receive America's highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Study Abroad
- Historical Travel
Green Mountain Park
This is the former site of the horse racetrack which at one point was the states one and only racetrack. It closed in the 70's though, and though greyhound racing has been suggested it remains closed.
The Long Trail, the hiking trail which runs the length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada has its southern end in Pownal. At this point it is colocated with the Appalachian Trail. The only mountain of note in Pownal is The Dome a unique mountain with a height of 2748 ft.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
5939 Route 7 North
Good for: Solo
Pownal Local Customs
Pownal gets it's name from the two brothers who gained the charter for the town, Thomas & John Pownall . John was Secretary of the Board of Trade, while Thomas had been Lietenant Governor of New York, New Jersey and even of Massachusetts.
Pownal Warnings and Dangers
Pownal was the only site of recorded witchcraft trials in Vermont. The town tested women of accused of witchcraft by tossing them in the icy Hoosic river tied to a rock. If they floated then they were guilty of witchcraft.. if they sank they were innocent. Of course this was of no consolation unless the townsfolk were quick enough to rescue the woman!