"I lived with the decent folks in the hills of old Vermont…” — "Yankee Lady" as performed by Jesse Winchester
Its beauty is unparalleled. To drive across a one-lane covered bridge and gaze down at the Ottauquechee River, rippling white over rounded stones, surrounded by verdant Vermont hillsides, is to behold astounding scenery.
Strolling main streets in idyllic communities like Quechee and Woodstock, where many churches and other architectural landmarks date from the 1700's, connects one with our proud heritage. Calvin Coolidge was so enamored with his boyhood home of Plymouth Notch that he took the oath of office as our 30th President there.
While my recent Vermont visit was purely recreational, a few local economic trends were difficult to miss…