Over 200 years and going strong.
With ample farmland, steady rivers, and close proximity to Vermont’s largest cities, the Western Slopes region has been a prime region for living and visiting since the 1790s. Vibrant communities sprung up at the foot of the mountains, creating welcoming havens for people to farm the land, start a business, raise a family, and bask in the beauty that surrounded them.
Early on, entrepreneurs harnessed the power of the Winooski and Huntington Rivers to run mills and set up shops that made wagons, tinware, harnesses, cabinetry, and more. In Richmond, the Old Round Church was built in 1812-13 to serve as the town meeting hall and a place of worship; the rare 16-sided structure is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Over the years, people from this area made significant contributions to the nation’s history as Olympians, senators, inventors, musicians, and soldiers in every major war.
Visit the Richmond Historical Society to learn about tours, events, and news relating to the region’s history.