Community Spotlight: Manchester
Manchester, VT, located along Route 7A, and nestled at the base of Mount Equinox, boasts an old-world style village and is most notably home to Robert Todd Lincoln’s summer estate, Hildene. Preserved on 412 acres, this historic landmark offers a variety of activities, including concerts, an annual craft fair, regular bird walks, and ski and snowshoe trails. Manchester is also close to several ski mountains, making it one of the most popular destinations for out of state visitors.
Manchester is home to many well known retail outlets and locally owned artisan shops. Yet if you drive or walk through the village, you’ll notice that these stores have been built to blend in, thanks to a community that sought to develop in line with the town’s character. To accommodate the many visitors that are attracted to the shops, the Town created a ‘park and walk’ system – attractive parking areas are integrated into a walkway system. Manchester plans to establish demarcated bike lanes and put up ‘share the road’ signs to increase accessibility for bicyclists.
Manchester is dedicated to conserving the surrounding environment through partnerships with neighboring communities and the Vermont Land Trust. In 2000, town leaders created the Manchester Community Land Trust to educate local land owners about the benefits of donating land to be preserved.
Over the last couple of decades, Manchester has evolved and transformed. Still a popular tourist stop, it is also a town with a strong sense of community where people choose to stay and put down roots.