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Area History


Southern Vermont has been pleasing summer visitors for a very long time. Beginning as far back as 10,000 years ago, Native Americans have appreciated the Green Mountains. The Iroquois Indians would be only the last of the tribes to inhabit the region. Amongst the oldest mountains in the entire world, these gentle beauties have had their edges rounded off a bit by glacial flows, and the erosions of time. That only seems to make these venerable giants all the more charming and captivating.

Much of Vermont's land was ceded from other states, (notably, New Hampshire) before Vermont (Verde Mount) ever even became a state. But nothing that beautiful can stay a secret for long, and it was just so for Vermont as well.

Originally much heavier in forestation, Vermont's beginnings were as a logging town, and the logging began as a way of clearing land for agriculture. It may seem strange to some today to think of a time when Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream mascot wouldn't have had a place to graze the rich green hills, but it's true that, at first, it was largely just trees.

Vermont had a strong beginning, with many people flocking there because of the natural beauty and the comfortably cool summer weather, but many settlers (especially those farther north in the state) found the Vermont winters a bit too much for them, and pulled up stakes. Those who remained became the artists and artisans for which the state is famous even today.

Skiing has had a significant impact on the state, but not until more recent history. Mount Snow, within the Green Mountain National Park, was co-host of the first Extreme Games in 1995 and host of the Winter X-Games in 2000 and 2001. In 2007, it is host to the Mountain Bike National Championships, and continues to be intricately involved in extreme sports, summer and winter.

Green Mountain National Forest was formed in 1932, after unregulated logging, fire, and flooding nearly decimated the state. Since, Green Mountain National Forest has grown to nearly 400,000 acres, occurring in some two-thirds the length of Vermont. The sincere efforts to preserve this beautiful, natural wonderland have been successful and the perseverance has paid off. Today the state is able to strike a wonderful balance between recreational and commercial interests, while protecting and preserving the state's many natural resources for generations to come.

Vermont's laissez-faire perspective towards people has also become something for which they are famous. Both individually and as a state, Vermonters are proudly tolerant, appreciative, even, of different ways and traditions. This may have played a part in the vast holding of craftsmen and artisans who have graced the state.