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VERMONT comes closer than any New England state to fulfilling the quintessential image of small-town Yankee America, with its white churches and red barns, covered bridges and clapboard houses, snowy woods and maple syrup. No city manages a population of forty thousand (only Burlington even comes close) and the chief tourist attraction is Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream factory in Waterbury. Though rural, the landscape is not all that agricultural, as much is covered by mountainous forests (the state’s name comes from the French vert mont, or green mountain). The people who choose to live here hold a lot in common: hippies and diehard conservatives, working together to preserve their environment and lamenting the advent of yet more ski resorts. One striking feature of Vermont is the absence of billboards, but the cutesy “country stores” which seem to grace every other crossroads can become tedious.

This was the last area of New England to be settled, early in the eighteenth century. As French explorers worked their way down from Canada, American colonists began to spread north; but even as that rivalry died down, a further antipathy developed between settlers from New Hampshire and those from New York. The wealthy New York merchants who built fine homes along the Connecticut River valley thought of themselves as the “River Gods,” but the hardy settlers of the lakes and mountains to the west had little time for their patrician ways. Their leader was the now-legendary Ethan Allen, who formed his Green Mountain Boys in 1770, proclaiming that “the gods of the hills are not the gods of the valley.” When the Revolutionary War superseded such conflicts, this all-but-autonomous force captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British and helped to win the decisive Battle of Bennington. For fourteen years from 1777, Vermont was an independent republic, with the first constitution in the world explicitly to forbid slavery and grant universal (male) suffrage, but once its boundaries with New York were finally agreed, it joined the Union in 1791. Curiously, the two seminal figures of the Mormon religion were both born in Vermont shortly thereafter – Joseph Smith in 1805, and his lieutenant and successor Brigham Young in 1801.

With the occasional exception, such as the extraordinary assortment of Americana at the Shelburne Museum near Burlington, there are few specific goals for tourists. Visitors come in great numbers during two well-defined seasons: to see the fall foliage in the first two weeks of October, and to ski in the depths of winter, when the resorts of Killington, and Stowe further north (home of The Sound of Music’s Von Trapp family), spring into life. For the rest of the year, you might just as well explore any of the state’s minor roads which take your fancy, confident that some picturesque village will be around the next corner. There are far too many to list; we’ve had to leave out such prime examples as Peru, Grafton and Middlebury. Further information can be picked up from the official Welcome Center on each interstate as it enters Vermont. Click here to go to Vermont State web site.

 

 

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