Welcome to historic Washington County, located in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont. It is the home of Vermont's capital city of Montpelier, the granite capital of the world in Barre, and eighteen other towns of architectural and historic distinction.
When you visit us, you can walk along the streets of Vermont's largest National Register historic district in Montpelier, with over 500 historic buildings. The Vermont State House, a National Historic Landmark, is beautifully restored and visitors are welcomed on tours of the building. The Vermont Historical Society is next door and is a great place to learn about Vermont history.
With the information from this itinerary, take a driving tour along our scenic roads and discover our rich collection of covered bridges (in Warren, Waitsfield, East Montpelier, and Northfield), historic churches, and the well-preserved National Register villages of Waterbury, Waitsfield, Warren, Plainfield, and Barre that richly illustrate local history from the late 1700s to today.
Enjoy our working agricultural landscape, historic farmsteads, and the beautiful Mad River Valley rural historic district in Moretown and Waitsfield that provides a wonderful setting for some of our famous ski resorts. Tour the state's oldest state-operated fish hatchery, in Roxbury, in continuous operation since 1891.
Visit our historic downtowns and village centers. Experience small town America and enjoy the many small shops, restaurants, and markets that make each community unique. Thriving downtowns composed of well preserved historic buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register, will entice you to explore each community and discover its many treasures.
After your virtual tour of historic Washington County on the Internet, plan to see us in person. On your trip there are many wonderful places to stay, delicious food to eat, and great places to shop. We'd love to have you visit.
James H. Douglas
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