Heritage Guide to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom:
A Visitor's Key to the 'Kingdom'
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom covers nearly 2,000 square miles and include
4 counties edging on Canada and New Hampshire. The Kingdom accounts for
nearly 1/5 of Vermont State land area, but only 1/10th of the population. This is
truly the road less traveled.
The Heritage Guide to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is a new 65-page, full-color
book leading visitors off the beaten path to discover the arts, agriculture, wildlife,
history and culture that thrive in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties of
Vermont. Six driving tours to more than 120 sites that reflect the unique character
of the Northeast Kingdom.
Travel by car, bike, or foot along the easy-to-follow routes laid out in colorful
maps with detailed site listings. Wander through galleries, museums, studios and
workshops. Meet local artists and artisans. Sample just-harvested fruit and
vegetables, or taste Kingdom treasures: honey, maple syrup, cheese, preserves
and more! Every site is identified along the route with visiting hours and
directions. “The tours allow visitors to discover the rich arts, agriculture, wildlife,
history and culture of the Kingdom,” comments Kelly Ault, Director of Businesses
for the Northern Forest, one of the lead agencies on the project.
“These routes can be traveled in part or in full and will lead you to some of the
best-kept secrets of Vermont in this unique region,” says Northeast Kingdom
Travel and Tourism Association Director Al Duey. This project is designed to
support local residents, visitors and resource organizations by promoting heritage
tourism, conservation, community enhancement and economic development.
The Heritage Guide to the Northeast Kingdom identifies more than 120
businesses and attractions that highlight the craft, history, agriculture, forestry and
culture of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia Counties. An introduction to each of the
six routes sets the scene. Routes include Town & Country (St. Johnsbury area),
Northern Lights (Lyndonville Burke area), Living Landscape (Orleans, Newport,
Derby area), Treasure Trove (Hardwick, Greensboro, Craftsbury, Glover area),
Forest Frontier (Island Pond, Canaan area), and River Run (Concord, Lunenburg,
Sites are identified on corresponding maps in sequential order and include retail
stores, markets, galleries, museums, farms, studios, historic structures, recreation
areas, workshops and other attractions. Sidebars complement the listings with
brief histories and interesting points of reference.
The Heritage Guide to the Northeast Kingdom is the second Heritage Guide to be
published in Vermont. A Mid Vermont Heritage Guide focused on Addison
County and was released in January 2003. These projects were inspired by
HandMade in America, the highly successful organization that created craft and
heritage guides to Western North Carolina – a region that shares many qualities of
its rural and hilly terrain with the Kingdom.
The Heritage Guide to the Northeast Kingdom can also be ordered directly from
the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association by sending your name
and address with a check or money order for $5 (includes shipping and handling)
to NEKTTA, P.O. Box 465, Barton, VT 05822. To order a copy by phone, call (800)
884-8001, or order online www.nekheritageguide.com.
How to get there:
Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is in the northern portion of New England, just
south of Canada, west of New Hampshire and east of New York State. Most
people arrive by automobile via an excellent interstate highway. We always say
that “the farther you go, the closer you’ll get to heaven.”
From the Mid-Atlantic States...
Take Interstate Rte 95 (North) to New Haven, CT. Take Interstate Rte 91 (North)
from New Haven, CT into Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom.
From Boston and Southern New England...
Take Interstate 93 North from Boston. Interstate 93 ends at Interstate 91 in the
southern gateway to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
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