Community Spotlight: Woodstock
The town of Woodstock is located in the Upper Valley on Route 4. The shire town of Windsor County, Woodstock was chartered by New Hampshire Governor Wentworth in 1761. Woodstock owes its growth and prosperity over the past 200 years to the mills powered by the falls of the Ottauquechee River.
The village center and satellite hamlets look very much today like they did during the time of the Industrial Revolution, thanks to the strong town plan which has been in effect for the past 20 years. This plan calls for preserving both the scenic setting of the countryside and the gracious architecture of the villages. The town accomplishes this by using techniques such as infill for commercial zones and a scenic ridgeline review process for hillsides.
Woodstock enjoys many parks and hiking trails which are close to the town center. The town-owned Faulkner Park has hiking trails which meander up the hillside to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. To the south and west of the town are foot and bridle trails leading to the peak of Mount Peg.
More important than its scenic surroundings or architecture, however, is Woodstock’s active community. The organization Sustainable Woodstock is dedicated to promoting environmental, economic, and socially responsible practices. Founded in 2009, Sustainable Woodstock has started community gardens, taught residents to make their homes more energy efficient, and connected them to their local farmers.
Woodstock is well-known for being a prosperous and picturesque Vermont town. However, the preservation of these qualities through the years is due entirely to the tireless efforts of its conscientious community.