Last updated: August 12, 2014
I get to talk to many tourists when I manage the Chamber Booth on the Woodstock Green. It is nice to meet people from around the globe and hear their stories. I learn what brings them to Vermont and what their thoughts are on the area. Their remarks are mostly positive and they are often in awe of how the historical buildings and architecture has been preserved, how litter isn’t dispersed across the ground and how it is such a quaint and beautiful area. Although visitors are often impressed with our state, they are not always fully aware of the treasures it holds nor do they understand the struggles that Vermont’s history emphasizes. When I tell people to visit the National Park down the road they are amazed to learn that one exists here, nevertheless they become eager to explore the trails and learn about Marsh, Billings and Rockefeller. They don’t realize that it has taken years to create a state that prides itself on preservation, conservation and stewardship. We now foster a mindset that is environmentally aware and cautious of the human impact on the world. It is great to enlighten visitors about this area. I can only wish that they will strive to implement parts of the Vermont lifestyle in their hometowns.