You might not drive as much as I do in Vermont, but I am betting that each time you pass Exit 4 on Interstate 89 in Randolph you have to slow down and enjoy the incredible view of our mountains and fields. It is a place that shouts "Vermont!"
You might ask: what does this have to do with the Preservation Trust?
Yes, we are about history and buildings ... but more than anything else we are about community, village centers, and downtowns. And we knew that massive development at Exit 4 would do even more damage to the nearby downtown than it would to the view. We know that community needs a downtown, and a sense of community is the real bottom line in making Vermont what we love.
If you take a look at our
Map of Where We Worked, you'll see that Exit 4 was just one project among hundreds undertaken by the Preservation Trust this year. We work collaboratively with local groups to help make community sustainable and vital, whatever it takes.
Your community has probably benefited from our help, and will again when you need us.
* Provide technical assistance to owners of historic barns and condition assessments through our Barn Assessment Grant Program(technical assistance to 10 barn owners and 6 grant awards in 2017)
* Provide support for at-risk properties through our Historic Places Revolving Fund. This year the revolving fund focused on the Pierce Block in Barton, Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor, Barnard General Store in Barnard, and Fox Hill in Poultney (4 in 2017)
* Provide major grants for preservation-related projects as funds are available (6 new Preservation Grantsin partnership with the Freeman Foundation in 2017)