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The only way to appreciate Woodstock's beauty is to stroll through it.
 
 

 

Chartered in 1761, Woodstock was named after the town of that name in England, which is the location of the Duke of Marlborough's Blenheim Palace.

Start at The Green in the center beside the Ottauquechee River (map), surrounded by handsome Federal, Georgian and Greek Revival houses, the Windham County courthouse, and theWoodstock Inn & Resort.

Stroll along the principal streets, Elm Street, Pleasant Street and Central Street, to learn the layout of the town and to admire more of Woodstock's architecture.

On the south porch of the First Congregational Church at 36 Elm Street where it meets Pleasant Street, notice the Paul Revere bell. Woodstock boasts no fewer than four church bells made by Paul Revere. This one cracked after two centuries of use. The other three are still in service.

In your walks around town, look for Middle Bridge (completely rebuilt in 1969) which carries Mountain Avenue across the Ottauquechee River (map). This is the only covered bridge in the town center, but the Taftsville Bridge (1836), 3.8 miles (6 km) east along US Route 4/VT Route 12 toward White River Junction, spans the Ottauquechee at Covered Bridge Road (map).

A number of walking and hiking trails are maintained by the town, and are yours to enjoy for free. Several start right from The Green. More...

The Appalachian Trail crosses VT Route 12 about 3 miles (5 km) north of Woodstock. More...

The Green, Woodstock, Vermont
Chatting on The Green...

A Bit of History

Because of its location next to the Ottauquechee River, in the 1700s, Woodstock had a grist mill and a saw mill, and during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, its factories produced axes, guns, furniture, saddles and other leather goods, windows and woolen cloth.

The town's population reached about 3,000.

With the opening in 1875 of the Woodstock Railroad from White River Junction, city visitors began to arrive. The town's beauty drew the wealthy, who bought houses in the town and land in the county.

Among them were Laurance S and Mary F Rockefeller, who did much to preserve the 19th-century beauty of the town. More...

The town's population today is about the same as it was more than a century ago.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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The Green, Woodstock, Vermont

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