Central Vermont's cities and villages boast designs and architecture popular more than 100 years ago. A walk through the downtown areas provides insight into the early years of our nation's history.
Barre, Montpelier, Waterbury, and Waitsfield have brief, self-guided tours. Brochures with maps are available from heritage groups and downtown merchants.
Guided tours of Montpelier are provided each week at 10 a.m.Saturday throughout the summer, sponsored by Montpelier Heritage Group. A donation of $5 per person is requested. Tours convene at the State Tourism Building, 134 State St., across the street from the State House. Tour takes approximately 90 minutes.
The Barre Tour was produced by Barre Main Street Program, Barre's downtown preservation and development group. Thanks are extended to Carol Dawes for her personal effort and to the Barre Historical Society for allowing use of materials from Barre in Retrospect.
A downtown walking tour brochure is available at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Aldrich Public Library, and local merchants. Historic buildings are marked with granite plaques.
A detailed guide to the buildings of downtown Barre, Barre In Retrospect, is available at area bookstores and Bob's Camera Shop in Barre for $7.50.
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Montpelier Walking Tours
The State Street Tour identifies and describes 12 stops and 14 sites, structures built for business and state government, and some early homes that have now been converted for office use. The Main Street Tour identifies and describes 17 sites in a wide range of building types and architectural styles, predominately from the mid- to late-19th century. Several residences are included, as well as public and commercial buildings. The College Street Tour identifies and describes seven sites, with the buildings on the Vermont College campus as well as private homes.
This material was produced by:
The Montpelier heritage Group, Inc., Montpelier's local historical society and preservation organization. For membership information, write PO Box 671, Montpelier, VT 05601.
Waterbury Walking Tour
The brochure guides you to the historic structures in Waterbury and the surrounding communities of Mill Village, Colbyville, and Waterbury Center. Thirty buildings in downtown Waterbury and surrounding areas are described. Many are identified with a historic marker on the building itself.
The brochure is available at the Waterbury Municipal Office at 51 S. Main St. in Waterbury.
This online brochure covers over thirty historic sites in the Waitsfield Village Historic District. Most sites date back to the early 19th century. It also includes General Wait House c. 1793. A brief history is given of the community and a map can be printed with the buildings numbered and the street names.
This material provided by the Waitsfield Historical Society.
Drawings by Dedora Aldo.