Vermont is both historically rich and geographically diverse. From the New Hampshire border to the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont’s many lakes, rivers, and ponds offer a multitude of activities and a glimpse into the past. These are the same places where people first arrived over 10,000 years ago and the French explorer Samuel de Champlain journeyed to in 1609. This is the same land the Green Mountain Boys, who would eventually become our modern day Vermont National Guard, fought for the independence of our country. Vermont maintained its autonomy until it became the 14th state to ratify the United States Constitution on January 18th, 1777.
The 180-member Vermont General Assembly, which meets in the state capital of Montpelier, continues the democratic legacy set forth by our founding fathers. In towns across the state, Vermonters still practice the uniquely democratic institution of Town Meeting to negotiate town and school budgets with their neighbors. Vermont is also home to many small businesses that produce a unique variety of goods.
Vermont is internationally renowned for its productive dairy, agriculture and ski industries. Maple syrup, cheese and micro-brewed beer are among Vermont’s most well known products. Among the many hiking options available in Vermont, the famous Long Trail, which runs lengthwise through the state, offers a full spectrum of rated trails for all levels of hiking and backpacking.
Whether you are looking to plan a trip or looking for a place to start a new home or business, Vermont has something to offer everyone.