I started this page many years ago, back when I was residing in
Poultney, Vermont. Back then, the town did not have a website of its
own. (The Chamber of Commerce has since remedied that, and their
website can be visited at
http://www.poultneyvt.com/ .) I liked Poultney. Winters were
hard, it's true, but the folks that lived there were, for the most
part, people you'd want to live near. Poultney is a small town, so
whether you'd like it or not depends a good bit upon how you feel
about small town life. Why not go visit, and see for yourself?
Poultney is in many ways the quintessential small town many of us picture in
our minds when we think of Vermont. Its quaint little downtown area consists of
charming shops on Main Street, as well as the local Post Office and the town's library. At the end of Main Street lies the picturesque campus of Green Mountain College.
Poultney is located in the heart of the Southwestern Lakes Region, long considered one
of Vermont's finest summer retreat locations. A beautiful chain of lakes
surrounded by rolling hills and cliffs, the area offers fine sailing, fishing, canoeing
and more. Lake St. Catherine, often said to be Vermont's most beautiful lake, is
located in the southern tier of Poultney Township. Lake Bomoseen is a few
Golf? Visit the Lake St. Catherine Golf
Course. Got cabin fever? In winter there's ice-fishing and
and downhill skiing is just 45 minutes
away at Killington, Pico and Middlebury.
Thinking about moving to Poultney? Check our Relocating
to Poultney page.
Facts and Figures
- Area Code for Vermont: 802
- Zip code for Poultney: 05764
- Poultney is located in Rutland County
- Fire Emergency - 287-9360
- Ambulance 287-9360
- Poultney Chamber of Commerce (802) 287-2010
- Vermont Chamber of Commerce (802) 223-3443
- Poultney Town Clerk -287-5761
- Town Manager - 287-9751
- Village Office - 287-4003
- Constable - 287-9112
Shopping - from great antiques to gift shops and bookstores . . .
- Country Craft Corner - 87 Grove Street, Poultney.
- The Craft Seller - 66 Depot Street, Poultney.
- Everyday Flowers - 200
Main Street, Poultney. 802 287-4094.
- Ginger Jar Antiques - 188 Main Street, Poultney.
- Hermit Hill Books - Used and antiquarian books. 95 Main
- Hometown Photo - 153 Main Street, Poultney.
- Loomis Paint, Wallcoverings and Flooring - floor
covering, paint, etc. 200 Main Street, Poultney.
- Mart's Sporting Goods - 85 Main Street, Poultney.
- Original Vermont Gift Shop - As cute as any gift shop in
Manchester, Woodstock or Alexandria, in a town where there are actually places to park on
Main Street. Main Street, Poultney. Website: http://www.originalvermontstore.com
- Picket Fence Antiques - 95 On the Green, East Poultney.
- Picture Window Antiques - 144 Main Street, Poultney.
- Thirty York Street - Antiques.
- Williams Hardware. Sure there are other hardware stores in
America, but none boast the affable Bob Williams. Main Street, Poultney.
- Witch's Cauldron - Antiques. 41 On the Green, East Poultney.
- Perry's Main Street Eatery - 18 Main Street. Breakfast, lunch,
supper. Tel: (802) 287-5188.
- Tot's Diner, Main Street - breakfast and lunch.
Tel. (802) 287-2213. Real food, real people.
- Poultney House of Pizza - Main Street. Good pizza,
either eat-in or take-out, plus grinders (aka hero sandwiches or submarines,
for you non-New Englanders).
- Preseau's Place - 216 Main Street, Poultney. (802)287-9860.
- Sam's Dog House - Sam's Dog House is on Route 22A in Hampton, NY,
about 30 seconds from the Vermont border. To a lot of folks around
here, summer wouldn't be summer without a trip to Sam's Dog House for a hot
dog, onion rings and ice cream.
- East Poultney Grocery.
- Shaw's Supermarket. This is Poultney's primary supermarket,
and is located just off Main Street. Shaw's took over this supermarket
from Grand Union, and has significantly improved it.
- Poultney Elementary School,
96 School Circle; 287-5212
- Poultney High School, 154 East Main
Street; 287-5861. Poultney High website:
- Poultney High School Drama Club - contact Gary Meitrott at 802
- Green Mountain College - One College Circle,
Poultney VT 05764-1199; Tel. 287-8000. Green Mountain College is
located in the heart of Poultney. It has one of the most beautiful small
campuses you'll ever see, and a long and respected history as an institution
of higher learning.
- Castleton State College - Seminary St., Castleton
05735; Tel. 468-5611. Castleton borders Poultney to the north.
- College of St. Joseph the Provider, 71
Clement Rd., Rutland 05701; Tel. 773-5900. Undergraduate
programs, plus graduate programs in Education, Psychology and Business.
Financial & Insurance Services
- Chittenden Bank - Fair Haven, VT.
- Kinney Pike Insurance. 199 Main Street, Poultney.
Beauty, Health & Well-Being
- Barb's Shear Designs. 32 Church Street, Poultney.
- Hair Works. 355 Furnace Street, Poultney.
- K&K Creations. 153 Main Street, Poultney.
- Mountain Yoga, 135 North Main
Street, Rutland VT 05701
Tel. 802 773-5045
Places of Worship
- St. Raphael Catholic Church, Poultney. On Main Street, just off
- St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,
Main Street, Castleton.
- Poultney Historical Society
On-the-Green, East Poultney
PO Box 605
East Poultney, VT 05741
The Society owns three historic buildings restored as museums on the green
in East Poultney: the Union Academy one-room school (1791), the newly
renovated Melodeon Factory (1810), and the 1896 Schoolhouse. Exhibits
include melodeons in the Civil War era, 19th century agricultural tools, and
glass plate photographs from 1890-1910. The museums house extensive
collections of costumes, furniture, ironworks, tools and photographs. A
large genealogical library is available for research.
New Poultney Historical Audio Walking and Driving Tours, narrated by Willem
Lange, guide visitors through East Poultney, downtown Main Street, and the
surrounding quarries, farms, and hollows. Winner of two Vermont state
Contact Person: Ina Smith, President
Hours and Admission: Museums are open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day
on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM or by appointment during the rest of the
year. Free admission.
- Slate Valley Museum - 17 Water Street, Granville NY, a short
distance from Poultney. Since Poultney is in the Slate Valley,
you might be interested.
Tel. (518) 642-1417. Website: http://www.slatevalleymuseum.org
- The BENTLEY HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST (Formerly Tower Hall B&B)
399 Bentley Avenue, Poultney, VT 05764
Located adjacent to Green Mountain College in the beautiful Village of
Poultney. Call Denise to make arrangements for lodging, special
functions or a house tour of this century old Queen Anne Victorian.
- Birdhouse Inn B&B
1430 East Main Street, Poultney, VT 05764
Tel. 802 287-2405
- Panorama Motel. 2227 Route 22A, Hampton, NY. Tel: toll free
Although the Panorama Motel is technically in another state, most of us in
Poultney consider it local - it's just outside of town, up on a hill
overlooking Poultney and the surrounding Vermont countryside.
- The Poultney Inn. 326 Main Street, Poultney. 802
287-4270. Right on Main Street, right in the heart of town.
- Sheldon Mansion, 48 North
Street, Granville, New York. (Granville is another New York town that
borders Poultney.) 518-642-0000. Granville is the home of the
Slate Valley Museum, which makes for an interesting excursion, and the
Sheldon Mansion is the former home of slate baron Frederick Sheldon.
- The Victorian Suites Inn at
Poultney. Why not enjoy Poultney while staying at a beautiful
Victorian inn? 802 287-5505.
- Poultney Public Library, 38 Main St.; 287-5556; Open: M, Tu, W, Th 2-8 pm; F 10 am-5 pm;
Saturday 10 am-1 pm
- Vermont Public Radio. Poultney
receives a very clear broadcast from VPR's radio station. Excellent
programming, and we should (in my humble opinion) all do our best to support
Vermont Public Radio.
- Lakes Region Free Press. 518 642-1234.
- WNYV 94.1 FM. 802 287-9031. The local radio stations.
Vermont State Government
Realtors in Poultney and Surrounding Area
- The historic Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail follows the border between
Vermont and New York and runs through Poultney. It follows the old
railroad bed of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, connecting Rutland, VT
with Albany, NY. For more information, visit the
Vermont State Parks website.
- Lake Bomoseen
- Half Moon State Park
St. Catherine State Park - (802) 287-9158
- Horsewise - Holistic horse riding
programs, offered by Teri J. Dluznieski, M.Ed. Ms. Dluznieski is also
the author of Dancing In Your Bubble: Ancient Teachings; Modern Healing.
Truth is, if you like the outdoors there's a lot to do in Poultney; fishing
(including ice fishing in the winter), snowmobiling, etc. Serious hunters
and fishermen should stop by Mart's Hunting & Fishing, right on Main Street.
Those who want to "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but
footprints" will also find Poultney congenial. There's great hiking
in the surrounding area, especially by Lake St. Catherine State Park. And,
since Green Mountain College has a curriculum that is heavy on environmental
studies, you'll find lots of folks in Poultney who share your
Central Vermont Public Service Corp.
Customer Service: (800) 649-2877
To report power outage: (800) 451-2877
- Bixby's 287-5512
- Suburban Propane 287-5555
- Cable television in Poultney is provided by Adelphia.
- Telephone service is provided by Verizon.
Genealogy & Heritage
- Green Mountain
College Welsh Heritage Program - Green Mountain College is active in
promoting and preserving the Welsh Heritage here in the United States
through various programs, including musical programs.
- The Welsh-American Genealogical Society is located in Poultney. Their website is
Their mailing address is:
Welsh-American Genealogical Society
60 Norton Avenue
Poultney, VT 05764-1029
Area St. David's Society
Fun Facts About Vermont
Astound your friends! Amuse your relatives!
- Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States,
producing over 500,000 gallons a year. So please - stop using
"pancake syrup" and start using the real thing!
- The first person to cross the United States by automobile was a man from
Vermont - Dr. H. Nelson Jackson of Burlington. He made the trip in
- John Deere served his apprenticeship in Vermont. He left for the
"New West" - Illinois - in the 1830's, when Vermont was going
through an economic depression and work was scarce. Vermont is
expected to recover from this economic downturn any day now . . .
- Some philatelists credit Brattleboro, Vermont with producing America's
first postage stamp, in 1846.
- Coldest temperature ever recorded in Vermont: 50 degrees below zero
Fahrenheit. Hottest: 105 degrees Fahrenheit. (Normally, though,
it's a lot nicer here!)
- Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery.
- Vermont was the first state to offer the legal rights of marriage to
couples of the same gender, known as "civil unions."