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Smart Growth in Action: Lewis S. Gordon Storefront Restoration

Located in the village of Starksboro, Vermont, the historic Lewis S. Gordon General Store is undergoing a major renovation that will not only preserve the landmark building, but will also be used as an archive space for the Vermont Music Library. However, this is just one phase of a project aimed at preserving some of the area’s important historical and natural features.
A historical wayside exhibit has been created on the land adjacent to the Lewis S. Gordon Store, which was once home to the Cold Mountain Creamery. Through photos and narratives, the exhibit will highlight the importance of the creamery to the community and the natural beauty of the Lewis Creek Valley.

The Lewis S. Gordon Store was built in 1907, and sold food, provisions and grains to residents of Starksboro. Over the years, the building has housed various businesses and a private residence. In 2006, it was purchased for the Vermont Music Library & Shop by supporters to help the organization create a climate-controlled Vermont-made music recording archive space. If the organization’s fundraising efforts are successful, the facility will be a rich addition to the state’s musical heritage.
For more information on the Lewis S. Gordon Storefront restoration project, or the wayside exhibits, please visit, www.vmls.org.