Poultney Vermont Historical Society — 200 Years of Poultney Vermont History
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A walk or drive around Poultney, Vermont is a journey into American history. The Poultney Audio/Video Walking and Driving Tours are now accompanied by photographs, old and new, that will enrich the stories you'll hear from master storyteller Willem Lange, who serves as your guide.

All of the Poultney Walking and Driving Tours are available for free. Just download to your computer or smart phone by clicking on the "Download our Tours Podcast" link.

If you're visiting Poultney, you can rent or purchase the tours on CD at the East Poultney General Store, open 7 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm (until 1 pm on Sundays).

The tours were produced by the Poultney Historical Society, the Town of Poultney, and Green Mountain College, with support from a "Preserve America" grant from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

The Poultney Audio/Video Driving Tours explore the history of the two villages of Poultney, Vermont and the surrounding farms, forests, hollows, and slate quarries. The Driving Tours feature three sections, each beginning and ending at The Stonebridge Visitor's Center in downtown Poultney.

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East Poultney Audio/Video Walking Tour

This 35-minute tour explores the village green and surrounding homes, schools, and churches that offer connections with American history. Follow the stories of a Vermont village that shaped the early careers of two pioneering journalists, Horace Greeley and New York Times founder George Jones.

The tour is available for download to your computer or smart phone by clicking on the “Download our Tours Podcast” link above.

Poultney Main Street Audio/Video Walking Tour

The Poultney Audio/Video Driving Tours explore the history of the two villages of Poultney, Vermont and the surrounding farms, forests, hollows, and slate quarries. The Driving Tours feature three sections, each beginning and ending at The Stonebridge Visitor’s Center in downtown Poultney.

Poultney Village, once called West Poultney, grew up with the coming of the turnpikes, canals, and trains in the 19th century. This 40-minute walking tour takes you back to the time when Poultney became the commercial and industrial hub of the area.

The tour is available for download to your computer or smart phone by clicking on the “Download our Tours Podcast” link above.

 

Poultney Audio/Video Driving Tour 1 – East Poultney & Hollows

Tour 1 takes 34-minutes and focuses on “East Poultney and the Hollows.” It explores the hollows, where Poultney’s first settlers made their homes, and historic East Poultney Village, which still looks much as it did 200 years ago.

This 34-minute tour, narrated by Willem Lange who serves as your guide, is now accompanied by photographs, old and new, that will enrich your experience of the stories you’ll hear. It is available for download to your computer or smart phone by clicking on the “Download our Tours Podcast” link above.

Poultney Audio/Video Driving Tour 2: Quarries, Farms, Forests

Tour 2 is 21 minutes and features “Quarries, Farms and Forests.” It takes the visitor through the historic transformation of a tiny agricultural community into a populous, industrialized town due to the major influence of the slate industry and Poultney’s unique position as a transportation hub.

It  is available for download to your computer or smart phone by clicking on the “Download our Tours Podcast” link above.

Poultney Audio/Video Driving Tour 3: Poultney Village

Tour 3 takes the visitor on a short visit around downtown “Poultney Village” once called West Poultney and takes about 12 minutes. It explores the stories of a Vermont town that evolved from the frontier into a trading center shaped by traditions of farming, quarrying, tourism and teaching. An expanded version of this tour can be found as the Poultney Main Street Audio/Video Tour on this page.

It is available for download to your computer or smart phone by clicking on the “Download our Tours Podcast” link above. .

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Interior.