Ever driven or biked by a large dark green sign with gold lettering, framed in silver and topped by a gold seal sited by the side of the road? Perhaps you’ve walked by such a sign in the center of a Vermont village or along the edge of a cemetery? Perhaps you’ve asked yourself:
What are these signs all about?
Why are they here?
Vermont’s easily identifiable roadside historical markers give readers a unique insight into the stories of our shared past. Through these markers you can find the birthplaces of U.S. Presidents, Red Sox players and founders of world-famous organizations like Cadillac, Lincoln, Rotary International, and Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as homes of famous authors the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Pearl S. Buck. You’ll even uncover the origin of technological achievements such as the first ski tow in the U.S. – right here in Vermont!
Historical markers have been a familiar sight in Vermont for more than half a century. Unveiled in 1947 by the Vermont Legislature, the roadside historical marker program has proven an effective way to draw attention to the many events, people and places that have contributed to the richness of our state and nation. Over 200 of the cast aluminum markers, crested with the gold state seal, are distributed throughout the state and provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and insights into the present.
If you think an opportunity exists for a new marker in your community, complete and submit your application packet which includes the critieria for evalulation of roadside historic site markers and the application form. Contact John Dumville with any questions.
- Foster an understanding, appreciation of and pride in the history and prehistory that shaped the development of Vermont and that played a role in shaping our nation.
- Draw public attention to significant historical sites that are worthy of preservation.
- Provide visitors and Vermonters alike with a sense of our past.