Middleburry, VT is located in the lower Champlain Valley bordered by the Adirondacks to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. The Middlebury region is rich in lake, pastoral and mountain beauty.
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History comes alive and Middlebury offers glimpses of its past along with an array of social and cultural opportunities—from concerts, museums, community plays to pancake breakfasts and strawberry festivals. In springtime wildflowers grow in profusion, making our roadsides, meadows and woodlands a welcoming garden. Nearby mountains, forests and lakes invite you to pack a picnic, enjoy swimming holes, hike the trails or camp under a sea of stars.
Today, Middlebury serves as the commercial and business center for the region. Downtown hosts a three-screen movie theater, the post office, and two historic inns, as well as many shops and restaurants. Of note is Middlebury's A&W; Vermont's only remaining car-hop restaurant and a popular spot with both locals and Middlebury College students.
Middlebury is home to both Middlebury College and the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.
Middlebury, VT History
One of the New Hampshire grants, Middlebury was chartered by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth on November 2, 1761. The name Middlebury came from its location in the middle of Salisbury and New Haven. It was awarded to John Evarts and 62 others. The French and Indian Wars ended in 1763, and the first settlers arrived in 1766. John Chipman cleared his lot seven, it was the first clearing.
During the Revolutionary War, much of the town was burned in Carleton's Raid on November 6, 1778. After the war concluded in 1783, settlers returned to rebuild homes, clear forests and establish farms. Principal crops were grains and hay.
Landowners vied for the lucrative honor of having the village center grow on their properties. A survey dispute with Salisbury led to the forfeiture of Gamaliel Painter's farm to that town, and his transition from farming to developing Middlebury Village near his and Abisha Washburn's mill, together with other mills that surrounded the Otter Creek falls. Industries would include a cotton factory, sawmill, gristmill, pail factory, paper mill, woolen factory, iron foundry, and marble quarry.
The Rutland & Burlington Railroad first arrived on September 1, 1849. Around 1830, Middlebury was the second largest town in Vermont state.
Middlebury College, one of the United State's elite liberal arts colleges, was founded here in 1800. It is a member of the NESCAC and the so-called Little Ivy league. In the summer, the town plays host to the annual Middlebury College language schools, as well as the college's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the oldest surviving conference of its kind in the nation.
Middlebury is bisected by Otter Creek with the falls at the center of the Middlebury village. Foothills of the Green Mountains border the town to the east, with the Champlain Valley to the west.
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