Country Stores of Vermont: A History and Guide

Country Stores of Vermont: A History and Guide

by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

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Overview

Each Vermont country store carries its own particular stock of special wares and memorable characters. From the Connecticut River to Lake Champlain, country stores and their dedicated owners offer warmth against the blizzard, advice and a friendly ear or a stern word. Neighbors meet and communities are forged beside these feed barrels and bottomless coffee urns. Author Dennis Bathory-Kitsz returns once again to the Green Mountain State with this updated and revised history and guide to its beloved country stores. When Hurricane Irene threatened many of these local institutions and communities in 2011, Vermonters came together, often at their country stores. Explore the very heart of communities big and small, where locals have been keeping their house keys behind the counter and solving the world's problems on the front stoop for more than two hundred years.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626192720
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Series: History & Guide
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,133,375
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz is a world-renowned musical composer and was the director of the Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores for its first 10 years. He lives in Northfield Falls, Vermont.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition 7

Preface to the Second Edition 9

Acknowledgements 11

Part I The Spine of the Green Mountains: Geography and Spirit 17

The Early Days 17

Village and Forest 21

The Morgan Horse and the Sheep Craze 24

The Civil War 25

Late into the Twentieth Century 27

Transportation, Industry and Nature 31

Roads Make Way 32

The Railroads 38

The Quarries 39

The Age of Tourism 42

The Untold Story: Philosophy, Struggle and Redemption 47

Fire 50

Village Culture 52

The Keys 53

Country Store Philosophy 57

Architecture 61

The Pressures of Change 71

Vermont Strong 76

This Is Monumental 76

Part II A Visitor's Guide to Vermont's Independent Country Stores 83

What's in a Country Store? 83

Traveling in Vermont 84

Being Understood 87

Tour 1 West Side Story 89

Tour 2 East Side Kids 103

Tour 3 Granite/Valley Loop 113

Tour 4 Central Vermont Ski and Tree Loop 121

Tour 5 The Green Scene 129

Tour 6 Lazy Days in the Hills 133

Tour 7 East/West Trailblazing 153

Tour 8 Onward to the Kingdom 161

Tour 9 On the Military Road 167

List of Country, General and Village Stores and Markets 171

Bibliography and Sources 179

Index 183

About the Author 192

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