Woodbury Town Hall
Photograph courtesy of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

  Woodbury Town Hall
Photograph by Elizabeth Pritchett

The Woodbury Town Hall was one of the earliest town hall buildings built in Vermont specifically for this purpose. Built in 1842, it was constructed in a vernacular Greek Revival style, typical for town halls from this period. It is an important and well-preserved example of a small Vermont government building.

Woodbury was a town of just over 1,000 citizens in the early 1840s. Most of these citizens were small farmers or mill workers. Before the construction of the Town Hall the citizens of Woodbury met in a small school house. When these citizens voted to construct a new town hall, they specified it was not to exceed $500. Typical for Vermont town halls of that time, the building faced the town common. The hall includes distinctive Greek Revival details, such as the pedimented gable front with triangular louvered fan, which were common and important elements in town hall public architecture of this period. Other elements signified that the simple one story clapboard structure was a public building, such as the gable end facing the street and the two front entrance doors. The one large interior room features some original woodwork and many 1910 replacements of the original features, such as the stage at the far end of the room. The date of these renovations is linked to Woodbury's boost of prosperity in the early 20th century when the town became a leader in granite quarrying.

When the hall was first constructed, meetings were held twice a year in March and September. Local issues were discussed in March, while State officials were elected in September. The hall has also served the town as a place for religious services and social gatherings. Woodbury Town Hall today continues to function as it was originally intended, the site for town meetings and a focus of the community.

The Woodbury Town Hall is in the center of town on the west side of Rt. 14.

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