White River Junction, Vermont
White River Junction is the geographic heart of Vermont and New Hampshire. It is where the scenic White River joins the mighty Connecticut on its journey south to the Atlantic through New England.
White River Junction is the geographic heart of Vermont and New Hampshire. It is where the scenic White River joins the mighty Connecticut on its journey south to the Atlantic through New England. In 1848, White River proudly laid down the first railroad tracks on Vermont soil and in a few short years grew into one of the busiest rail hubs in the United States. At the height of the westward migration, a hundred steam locomotives a day left White River taking farmers and livestock out to the prairies. For generations, the town has acted as the regional transportation hub for explorers, traders, travelers, and students.
As the country transitioned from the railroad age to the information age, White River Junction’s fortunes declined. But over the past few years a rapid transformation has been unfolding. Creative-minded people have begun occupying the village’s eclectic stock of antique brick and wooden buildings. They are now home to artists’ studios, a printmaking cooperative, a used bookstore, a natural food co-op, a costume shop, a retro-clothing store, and the Main Street Museum, which has been called Vermont’s strangest museum. The old opera house on White River Junction’s Main Street is home to Northern Stage, a regional theater company that stages plays year-round using equity actors straight from Broadway and London.
White River Junction is less than a five-hour drive to New York City. It sits exactly halfway between Boston and Montreal at the intersection of Interstate 89 and Interstate 91, making it a two-and-a-half hour drive to each of these dynamic cities.
White River Junction
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To arrange a visit, please call (802) 295-3319.