Woodstock in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Was chartered by New Hampshire Royal Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761. It was named the Shire Town of Windsor County in 1786 and quickly became a prosperous manufacturing and commercial center. The town has been home to George Perkins Marsh, environmentalist; Frederick Billings, railroad empire-builder; Senator Jacob Collamer, advisor to President Lincoln; and Laurance Rockefeller, conservationist and philanthropist. It was the birthplace of Hiram Powers, noted sculptor of “Greek Slave.” From 1826 to 1856, it hosted one of only six medical colleges in New England, the Vermont Medical College.
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Woodstock was the terminus of the Woodstock Railway, 1877-1933, which connected the town to the Central Vermont Railroad in White River Junction. Travelers coming to Woodstock via the railway established the town’s reputation as a tourist destination, still prevalent today. Called “the prettiest small town in America” by a national publication, Woodstock is famous for the architecture of its houses and churches. It is the site of the first ski-tow in the United States, in 1934, home to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and remains the only town in America with 5 church bells cast by
Erected 2010 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 43° 37.448′ N, 72° 31.183′ W. Marker is in Woodstock, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is on South Park Street (U.S. 4) north of South Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located on the Woodstock Village Green. Marker is in this post office area: Woodstock VT 05091, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Justin Morgan (approx. ¼ mile away); Woodstock Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marianne Gaillard Faulkner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hiram Powers (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of First Ski Tow in the United States (approx. 1.9 miles away); Taftsville Covered Bridge (approx. 2.6 miles away); Theron Boyd House (approx. 4.2 miles away); Bridgewater Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodstock.
Regarding Woodstock. In 1957 Vermont Historic Sites Commission erected the original marker with the following text: "Chartered 1761. Settled 1768 Famous for the architecture of its houses, Woodstock is one of New England's most beautiful villages. Only town in America with 4 Paul Revere
In 2010 it was updated by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and moved from the southern edge of the Village Green to the center.
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Also see . . .
1. Town of Woodstock, Vermont Municipal Manager's Office. (Submitted on June 23, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service). (Submitted on June 23, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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