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The largest community in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, St Johnsbury is a town of only 7600 people, but of interesting history and surprising culture.



St Johnsbury, the largest town (population 7603) in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, lies just north of the intersection of Interstates 91 and 93 (map), where the Passumpsic and Moose rivers meet, giving the town its motto: "The city where people and rivers come together."

Chartered in 1760, it was actually settled in 1787.

"Saint J," as townspeople often call it, prospered in the 19th century when inventor and industrialist Thaddeus Fairbanks invented (1830) the platform scale, a more accurate and easy-to-use weighing device than the common balance-beam scale, and one that that could be installed at ground level so that loads did not need to be lifted for weighing. (Trucks drive onto platform scales to be weighed.)

These Fairbanks scales were immediately popular.

When the Boston to Montreal railroad was built in the 1850s, St J and the Fairbanks Company got a big boost. Fairbanks scales were shipped around the workd, and St Johnsbury was named shire town (county seat) of Caledonia County.

Follow US Routes 5 and 2 to where US 2 meets Main Street—that's the center of town, with its attractive buildings including the St John Athenaeum (library and art gallery), Caledonia County Court House, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, and several architecturally interesting churches, as well as several cafés and restaurants.

The St Johnsbury Welcome Center is to the east down the hill by the railroad tracks. More...

For lodgings, there are numerous hotels, motels, B&Bs and inns in and around St Johnsbury. Here they are.

—by Tom Brosnahan

St Johnsbury Hotels

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Main Street, St Johnsbury VT

Main Street, St Johnsbury, Vermont.




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