Community Spotlight: Poultney
Community spirit, integrity and mutual respect are all values that make Poultney, VT, the “Home of the Good Life.” Situated between two lakes and bordering New York State, Poultney is bursting with scenic beauty and a sense of community that draws people from all over the country.
History is abundant in Poultney, which was charted in 1761 by Benning Wentworth, Governor of New Hampshire. Later, in 1777, construction of a grist mill laid the foundation for a growing village. The slate industry transformed this predominately agrarian community into an industrialized town with the opening of the Eureka Quarry in 1852.
Today, Poultney’s population is a mix of retired residents and a growing student population from Green Mountain College. For people living here, life revolves around work, school, community involvement and recreational activities.
Poultney was recently honored by the Vermont Downtown Program for projects that have enhanced the quality of the downtown district. Most noteworthy has been the rehabilitation of the 1840 Stonebridge building, which suffered from a catastrophic fire in 1996. The building, one of the most vital community resources in town, is home to numerous community service agencies and the local visitors center and chamber of commerce.
Poultney has also invested in public improvements such as replacing and upgrading deteriorated sidewalks to allow for increased handicapped accessibility, constructing new sidewalks that connect downtown Poultney with the Historic East Poultney Village, and installing new, energy efficient sidewalk lighting.
Having a livable, walkable community and strong downtown district are two ways Poultney exemplifies and continues to amplify its strong sense of community.