I am a huge fan of New England and I am puzzled that I don’t know a single person who, with the exception of a trip to Boston, has ever spent time in New England. When looking at the tourism statistics it would appear that tourists in New England come primarily from the Mid-Atlantic States and Canada.
Admittedly, I have spent the majority of my New England vacation time in Vermont. A small state that ranks 48th in population with approximately 626,000 residents. To put that into perspective the population of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) is approximately 684,000.
Vermont is an amazing place. Its history has been well preserved, its beauty is found in the mountains, forests and along its highways and byways. Its pride is found in its towns and gores, And it is home to some of the most talented and interesting people I have encountered.
I would like to take you first into the Northeast Kingdom, a very special place in Vermont. The Northeast Kingdom encompasses 2,027 square miles, three counties, and 55 towns and gores.
80% or 1,621 square miles of the Northeast Kingdom is forest. 59% of the trees in the forests are hardwood trees which is why Fall brings with it the magnificently colored patchwork quilts that cover the mountains.
21 of Vermont’s 104 covered bridges are located in the Northeast Kingdom. They stretch over streams and brooks and take you back to a time when horse-drawn wagons and carriages were the only mode of transportation.
The residents of the Northeast Kingdom are proud of their history and go to great lengths to protect it as seen in the Old Stone House and the Brick Kingdom.
OLD STONE HOUSE… A BOARDING SCHOOL
BRICK KINGDOM – WHERE MANUFACTURING BEGAN IN 1790
There is even a certain beauty in the abandoned homes, barns and farm equipment. They reflect the passage of time and tell a story of what once was.
White church steeples reaching above the tree tops signal a quaint village on the road ahead.
The Northeast Kingdom is different than the grandeur of the Grand Canyon or the thrill of riding up the Highway to the Sun in Glacier National Park. A journey through the Northeast Kingdom, in my opinion, offers the visitor a serene place to reflect and find peace within themselves.
Next… a closer look at the Old Stone House and its history.