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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO ST.JOHNBURY :

NORTHEAST KINGDOM ARTISANS GUILD

Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury is a Vermont artisans cooperative featuring beautiful collections of fine handmade crafts and fine art by more than 100 artisans.  Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is a designated State Craft Center.

Vermont State Craft Center designation is granted by the Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission, based upon the recommendation of the Standards Group. Vermont State Craft Center Galleries and Vermont State Craft Education Centers demonstrate a high standard for quality of craft and craft education, representing the best of craft in Vermont. At the same time, each Center is a unique representation of the creative community in its region at that particular moment. No two experiences of Vermont State Craft Centers are exactly the same – much like a handcrafted piece of art. Located in St. Johnsbury

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 430 Railroad St St johnsbury VT 05819

GPS: 44.4187742,-72.01531319999998

Phone: (802)748-0158

Website: http://www.nekartisansguild.com

FAIRBANKS MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM
A place to explore the wonders of out world, The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium inspires appreciation for our place in the natural world and motivates our stewardship of a healthy planet.

Founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks, the Museum today is an active cultural and educational center. Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

Open daily 9AM – 5PM.

Check www.fairbanksmuseum.org for planetarium presentations, special exhibits and events.

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 1302 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819

GPS: 44.420041,-72.01976200000001

Phone: (802) 748-2372

Website: http://www.fairbanksmuseum.org/

ST. JOHNSBURY ANTIQUES
Antiques, collectibles – a veritable maze of an antique shoppers dream!

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 446 Railroad Street, Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

GPS: 44.4189773,-72.0154412

Phone: (802) 748-6000

SAINT JOHNSBURY FARMER’S MARKET
Summer market is in the municipal parking lot behind Anthony’s diner Saturdays, 9 am- 1 pm.  Winter market is in the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month November thru April 10AM – 1PM

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: Saint Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
GPS: 44.4192627,-72.01511829999998

Phone: (802) 592-3088

THE WHITE MARKET
Where friends and neighbors shop. Family owned and operated since 1963.

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 385 Portland St St Johnsbury VT 05819

GPS: 44.4210516,-72.00776759999997

Phone: (802)748-5099

ALL ABOUT FLOWERS
Our mission is to bring smiles to faces during times of joy, and comfort during times of sorrow, through the beauty of flowers.

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 196 Eastern Ave, St Johnsbury, VT 05819

GPS: 44.419064,-72.01952399999999

Phone: (800) 499-6565

NATURAL PROVISIONS
Natural Provisions, locally owned and operated, is located in a former Baptist Church built in 1840.  Known as “Today’s General Store”, they offer a wide variety of products and great customer service.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the large selection  as you visit each room.

CONTACT DETAILS
Address: 537 Railroad St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819

GPS: 44.4203111,-72.0155206

Phone: (802) 748-3587

 MOOSE RIVER LAKE & LODGE
Welcome to Moose River Lake and Lodge Store. Step inside and you will feel like you have been transported to a great hunting lodge from the turn of the century. Complete with moose and deer trophy mounts, bearskin rugs, antlers, hickory furniture, and Pendleton blankets, you will find everything you need to outfit your rustic home.

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 370 Railroad St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819

GPS: 44.4179296,-72.01584249999996

Phone: (802) 748-2423

Website: http://www.mooseriverlakeandlodgestore.com/

MAPLE GROVE FARMS
We are proud to be the largest packer of Pure Maple Syrup in the USA, the largest manufacturer of Maple Candies in the world, and the home of the best selling line of Specialty Dressings in the USA.

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 1042 Portland Street Saint Johnsbury VT 05819

GPS: 44.4215617,-71.99489950000003

Phone: (802)748-5141

DOG MOUNTAIN
Set on 150 acre mountain top location in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, our grounds are always open to people and their dogs. This unspoiled haven is covered with hiking trails and dog ponds. Dogs are not just welcome here, they are cherished!

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 143 Parks Rd St Johnsbury VT

GPS: 44.4352232,-71.98160940000002

Phone: (802)748-2700

GRIME NURSERY
Come visit us at Grime Nursery today and make the outside of your home a dream come true!

Years ago Paul and Bridget purchased this land from Paul’s parents. The land started off as only a Vermont Christmas tree farm. Through the years, the current owners Paul and Bridget Grime created a domino effect starting with one greenhouse and presently are up to six which they run with the help of many.

www.grimenurseryvt.com/home

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 533 Lawrence Road Waterford, VT 05819

GPS: 44.395668,-71.91555

Phone: (802) 748-1915

Website: http://www.grimenurseryvt.com/home

ARTISTIC GARDENS
Artistic Gardens proudly serves the St. Johnsbury area. We are family owned and operated and committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect. Let Artistic Gardens be your first choice for flowers. Enjoy the convenience of safe and secure ordering online 24 hours a day.

www.artisticgardensflorist.com/

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 1320 Rabbits Plain Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

GPS: 44.4858526,-72.07152559999997

Phone: (802) 748-5646

Website: http://www.artisticgardensflorist.com

CALEDONIA FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION
Caledonia Farmers’ Market Association is a non-profit organization of local vendors operating Farmers’ Markets at three locations:

In St. Johnsbury  in the municipal parking lot behind Anthony’s Diner, every Saturday from mid-May through October, 9AM to 1PM.

In St. Johnsbury (in the winter), in the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, 1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month from November through April, 10AM to 1PM.

In Danville on the Danville Green, every Wednesday from June through mid-October, 9AM to 1PM.

sites.google.com/site/caledoniafarmersmarket/

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: 309 Railroad St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819, USA

GPS: 44.417062590384255,-72.01669046508175

Phone: (802) 592-3088

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/caledoniafarmersmarket/




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About St. Johnsbury

ST.JOHNBURY,VERMONT

The history and charm of small-town St. Johnsbury in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom can’t be beat! Shopping downtown, great dining opportunities, outdoor recreation, a fun arts scene, and even a public planetarium. There is no need to travel far, St. Johnsbury has what you’re looking for.

If you’re in need of a quick pick-me-up, be sure to stop by the Café at Gatto Nero Press. Delicious espresso drinks, hot chocolate, baked goods (including gluten free), smoothies, ice cream and milk shakes – all nestled inside an intaglio printmaking studio and gallery. The artists are often working on their creations as you’re sipping your latte. My son loves to watch the creative process. Oh, and he’s a fan of the donuts!

The St. Johnsbury Farmer’s Market is a cornucopia of flavors, sounds, and smells. My son’s favorite part is grabbing some kettle corn and watching the live music. My husband can’t get enough of the jerk chicken from Genuine Jamaican, and my first stop is always Auntie Dee Dee’s Baked Goods (I’ve never met a carb I didn’t like). You’ll make every member of the family happy with a trip to the farmer’s market- plus, you can grab some fresh, local produce and meat to bring home for dinner. There’s even a winter market two weekends per month, so you can get what you love year-round!

St. Johnsbury is a fun location for year-round outdoor activities.  Check out theLamoille Valley Rail Trail, a four-season recreation trail that lies along the former Lamoille Valley Railroad. Hike, bike, snowmobile, snowshoe, ski – however you do it, check this trail out.  It’s still growing, too. It will eventually reach across the whole state. You’ll pass many smiling faces along your trek.

Another can’t miss location is Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel! Stephen Huneck’s gallery sits on 150 acres of mountain and forest that are always open to humans and their dogs – even if the gallery is closed to the public. You’ll find dog ponds, snowshoe and hiking trails, and a welcoming atmosphere for your kids and dogs to run off some pent-up energy. There’s a dog chapel where you can pen and display a memorial to your beloved pets on the remembrance wall, or even host or attend a dog party or dog wedding.

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is my son’s absolute favorite place to explore. We go weekly and I find something new to be fascinated with every time we visit.  The first floor is a collection of thousands of taxidermy items — birds, mammals, reptiles, and more. Upstairs houses gorgeous examples of different kinds of butterflies, as well as many artifacts from around the world.  Ever wonder how many bugs it takes to make a mosaic of a famous American General? Well, you can find out at the Fairbanks Museum!  You may even catch Mark Breen or Steve Maleski, the “Eye on the Sky” guys from VPR, while they are hard at work.

The museum is home to the state’s only public planetarium. You can catch one of the daily planetarium shows or full-dome movies (usually best for kids 8+, but they occasionally have preschool shows as well!).

Want to save a bit of cash? Visit The Kingdom Taproom kids eat FREE from the kid’s menu on Wednesdays! We are always excited to visit The Kingdom Taproom to grab a bite to eat. They offer a fresh menu using local ingredients, and their staff is so great with kids. Live music, cozy atmosphere, and a full belly are where it’s at.

Don’t miss the annual Pet Parade!  Each spring, people from far and wide get their pets of all shapes and sizes decked out for this comical event! A parade through town of dogs, horses, goats, and llamas- the list doesn’t stop there.  It’s an exciting (and hilarious) sight for kids of all ages. Anyone can participate, so show off your own pets in this unique parade.

St. Johnsbury History

A Few Characteristics

St. Johnsbury is the Shire town of Caledonia County. St. Johnsbury sits at an altitude of 697 feet, 72*, 01′ West and 44* 25′ North. Bordering towns are Waterford, Kirby, Lyndon, Danville and Barnet. The Town lies about 45 miles south of the Canadian border and has an area of about 21,000 acres. The population in 1995 (U.S.Census of Population & Housing Estimates) is 7,741, with 3,596 year round housing units and 19 seasonal units.

St. Johnsbury is located at the confluence of the Passumpsic, Moose and Sleeper’s Rivers. The Town is marked by a sharp difference in elevation. The principal business district is concentrated on Railroad Street in the Passumpsic Valley. Main Street, which runs parallel to Railroad Street, lies on a broad plateau, known as the Plain. Fine homes and prominent public buildings line Main Street. The two levels of the Town are connected by the steep and winding Eastern Avenue, also lined with businesses. The town is the largest in northeastern Vermont and has more diverse interests than commonly found in other towns in this area. The long-term presence of particular industries has influenced the evolution of the Town’s social character and architectural style.

St. Johnsbury flourished as an industrial town at the height of the Victorian era. Many consider St. Johnsbury the quintessential Victorian, industrial city, including the paternalism of the Fairbanks family and its anti-union attitude. In 1891 St. Johnsbury Illustrated was printed, a review of the town’s business, social, literary and educational facilities that provides glimpses of the Town’s picturesque surroundings.

The completion of Interstates I-91 and I-93 has made the area more accessible, causing real estate costs to rise.

Civic Structure

King George granted the first charter in 1770 to Bessborough, later changed to Dunmore. There were few settlers until 1786 when Governor Chittenden granted a charter to Jonathan Arnold from Rhode Island. Arnold and his partners were from the same group of people that were granted a charter for Lyndon ten years before. The first settlers were four men of the Adams’ family, two Trescotts and one each of the Cole, Doolittle, Todd and Nichols families. St. Johnsbury’s first town meeting was held in Dr. Arnold’s house on June 21, 1790. The first US Census in 1790/91 lists 34 families and 143 inhabitants. There was a steady growth in population during the next century, 663 in 1800, 1334 in 1810 up to 7010 in 1900. In 1792 St. Johnsbury and other towns were set off from Orange County to form the new Caledonia County. In 1856 the County seat was moved from Danville to St. Johnsbury.

The Vermont Legislature granted St. Johnsbury permission to become a city, but the voters declined. The town operates with selectmen and a manager.

What’s In A Name?

St. Johnsbury was named for Michel Guillaume St. Jean de Crevecoeur, also known as J. Hector St. John, author of Letters from an American Farmer. St. John was a friend of Washington and Franklin, as well as a correspondent of Ethan Allen, and had an enthusiasm for the Republic of Vermont and for place names. He suggested the names Vergennes, Danville and St. Johnsbury. Realizing that several places already bore the name of St. John, J. Hector suggested the longer name, St. Johnsbury, which remains the only place with that name in the world. St. John became a naturalized citizen of the new country and in 1793 he was appointed to the post of French Consul in New York City.

Dr. Arnold, a surveyor, and a crew were surveying along the West Branch of the Passumpsic where the scale factory was later built. As the story goes, when the group traveled away from the river, they left their provisions, including certain necessary stimulants, with Thomas Todd. When they returned, Todd was rolled up against a log on the riverbank, sound asleep. Arnold woke him with a loud shout and made a proclamation, “let this branch be known forever by the name of Sleeper’s River.”

The station area of the Canadian Pacific Railroad was called Centervale. Also, before the village of St. Johnsbury engulfed them, there were the districts of Fairbanks, Paddock and Summerville all named for prominent business people of the era. During the last years of the 19th Century, the area in East St. Johnsbury near the railroad station was known as Griswold Station, for the stationmaster. On the Danville town line there was a village called Goss Hollow, named for David Goss who built the mills on the Sleeper’s River. The Plain, the upland pasture in the village, was once known as the “Gates of the Kingdom.” There was also once a hamlet called Coles Corner, a common St. Johnsbury family name.

For more about St. Johnsbury’s history, please contact the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center.




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Crash Auto Glass is a Vermont Family owned company that has been in business since 1988. We specialize in windshield replacement and windshield repairs for all makes and models, foreign and domestic.

We have not forgotten your other car glass needs, we also replace:

  • Black Glass
  • Side Mirrors
  • Vent Glass
  • Quarter Glass
  • Door Glass

Our trained professional technicians perform services for both commercial and retail clients. We provide mobile service and will come to your home or work place to repair or replace your auto glass. Even on those days when the weather will not permit us to service your auto glass outside, we have convenient locations such as St. Johnsbury for you to take your vehicle. Our technicians do quality work quickly and carefully. They genuinely care about doing the job right the first time.

We understand that your time is very valuable; this is why it is our goal at Crash Auto Glass to make your windshield replacement or windshield repair as convenient as possible. We will direct bill all insurance companies, and make the necessary phone calls to your insurance company.

At Crash Auto Glass we take pride in our work and will warranty your windshield replacement against leaking or stress cracks for as long as you own your vehicle. We will also repair any chip that you may get in your windshield after a replacement for as long as you own the vehicle, providing the chip is not in the drivers line of vision. We always strive to be the best local company.

Here at Crash Auto Glass you will find no gimmicks, no games, and no fancy jingles. Where a handshake is still your best warranty. We are here Monday thru Friday from 7:00 – 5:00 for all your auto glass needs.

Auto Glass Shop St. Johnsbury

Auto glass perform a vital part in cars but a lot of vehicle drivers are possibly not aware of this particular truth. Windshields will function as structural shield and support for the roofs of vehicles. In addition, auto glass will definitely protect car drivers and the passengers as well from wind and other weather conditions. Given that they play this type of crucial tasks, they must be designed properly and there should not be any sort of place for inaccuracy throughout the process of manufacturing. Manufacturers need to ensure the high quality of the products prior to they are going to mount them to the autos.

No one wants to deal with a chipped or wrecked windshield.It is simply a fact that auto windshields tend to chip or break and afterwards need replacing and repair. This occurs for a range of reasons. For instance, a chip of gravel can easily strike the auto glass while the vehicle is driving. Flukes can definitely create the auto glass to break entirely. Extreme cold weather conditions are in addition occasionally the cause. Many times, car windshields from turning into victims of acts of criminal damage or thoughtless driving of other folks. The point is that the windshields of autos are manufactured from tempered glass, glass, yet it is nonetheless susceptible to damages.

Chips and modest fractures, up to the dimensions of a dollar bill, are top nominees for windshield repair service. Repair jobs may be completed quickly and the majority of service companies these days provide mobile repair work units which will come to deal with the problem without any disturbing your schedule. The repair is accomplished by means of squeezing in a particular glue into the crack or chip. This epoxy is formulated to be both durable and transparent to make sure that when it dries and if buffed it is definitely practically difficult to see the place the damages had formerly been. The structural integrity of your windshield is never weakened by a repair service performed properly using high quality products.
Windshield repair jobs are considerably even more difficult and this is the reason that so many insurance and windshield firms encourage car owners to get troubles repaired swiftly. The complete process for a windshield replacement might in fact require to a week because the windshield generally needs to be ordered in before work can even begin.

Sometimes, repair suffices but if the damage done is pretty significant, then, simple repair is really out of question. In such scenarios, auto glass replacement will be the most recommended choice. people will concede it or not, auto glass replacement is definitely needed if there is a crack which is less 3 inches. At times, these splits start as little as the tip of a needle that could be triggered by means of mechanical stress, temperature variance and rocks. Yet regardless of the reasons responsible for the scratch or split, it is extremely important to follow up on windshield replacements before it will be far too late. As stated earlier, auto glass exist to shield people from any sort of item traveling on the air. As a result, waiting on too long to replace faulty auto glass might just in reality become a frustrating element of the vehicle.

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604 Lapierre Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
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About St. Johnsbury

The town was originally granted in 1760 as part of the New Hampshire Grants and named Bessborough. It was regranted by Vermont in 1786 as Dunmore, and settled the same year.

An early settler was Dr. Jonathan Arnold, a member of the Continental Congress and author of Rhode Island’s act of secession from the United Kingdom in May of 1776. Arnold left Rhode Island in 1787 and, with six other families, built homes at what is now the town center.

By 1790, the village had grown to 143 inhabitants, and the first town meeting took place in Arnold’s home that year, where the name St. Johnsbury was adopted. According to local lore, Vermont founder Ethan Allen himself proposed naming the town St. John in honor of his friend Jean de Crèvecœur, a French-born author and agriculturist and a friend of Benjamin Franklin (he was known in the United States as J. Hector St. John). According to this account, de Crèvecœur suggested instead the unusual St. Johnsbury to differentiate it from Saint John, New Brunswick. Information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia VIA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Johnsbury,_Vermont

St. Johnsbury History

St. Johnsbury, Vermont – Town History

A Few Characteristics of St. Johnsbury, VT
St. Johnsbury, VT is the Shire town of Caledonia County. St. Johnsbury sits at an altitude of 697 feet, 72*, 01′ West and 44* 25′ North. Bordering towns are Waterford, Kirby, Lyndon, Danville and Barnet. The Town lies about 45 miles south of the Canadian border and has an area of about 21,000 acres. The population in 1995 (U.S.Census of Population & Housing Estimates) is 7,741, with 3,596 year round housing units and 19 seasonal units.

St. Johnsbury is located at the confluence of the Passumpsic, Moose and Sleeper’s Rivers. The Town is marked by a sharp difference in elevation. The principal business district is concentrated on Railroad Street in the Passumpsic Valley. Main Street, which runs parallel to Railroad Street, lies on a broad plateau, known as the Plain. Fine homes and prominent public buildings line Main Street. The two levels of the Town are connected by the steep and winding Eastern Avenue, also lined with businesses. The town is the largest in northeastern Vermont and has more diverse interests than commonly found in other towns in this area. The long-term presence of particular industries has influenced the evolution of the Town’s social character and architectural style.
St. Johnsbury flourished as an industrial town at the height of the Victorian era. Many consider St. Johnsbury the quintessential Victorian, industrial city, including the paternalism of the Fairbanks family and its anti-union attitude. In 1891 St. Johnsbury Illustrated was printed, a review of the town’s business, social, literary and educational facilities that provides glimpses of the Town’s picturesque surroundings.
The completion of Interstates I-93 and I-95 has made the area more accessible, causing real estate costs to rise.

Civic structure
King George granted the first charter in 1770 to Bessborough, later changed to Dunmore. There were few settlers until 1786 when Governor Chittenden granted a charter to Jonathan Arnold from Rhode Island. Arnold and his partners were from the same group of people that were granted a charter for Lyndon ten years before. The first settlers were four men of the Adams’ family, two Trescotts and one each of the Cole, Doolittle, Todd and Nichols families. St. Johnsbury’s first town meeting was held in Dr. Arnold’s house on June 21, 1790. The first US Census in 1790/91 lists 34 families and 143 inhabitants. There was a steady growth in population during the next century, 663 in 1800, 1334 in 1810 up to 7010 in 1900. In 1792 St. Johnsbury and other towns were set off from Orange County to form the new Caledonia County. In 1856 the County seat was moved from Danville to St. Johnsbury.
The Vermont Legislature granted St. Johnsbury permission to become a city, but the voters declined. The town operates with selectmen and a manager.

What’s in a name?
St. Johnsbury was named after Michel Guillaume St. Jean de Vrevecoeur, who was also known as J. Hector St. John, author of “Letters from an American Farmer”. St. John was a friend of George Washington and Ben Franklin, as well as a correspondent of Ethan Allen. He had an enthusiasm for the Republic of Vermont and for place names. He suggested the names Vergennes, Danville and St. Johnsbury. Realizing that several places already bore the name of St. John, J. Hector suggested the longer name, St. Johnsbury, which remains the only place with that name in the world. St. John became a naturalized citizen of the new country and in 1793 he was appointed to the post of French Consul in New York City.
Dr. Arnold, a surveyor, and a crew were surveying along the West Branch of the Passumpsic where the scale factory was later built. As the story goes, when the group traveled away from the river, they left their provisions, including certain necessary stimulants, with Thomas Todd. When they returned, Todd was rolled up against a log on the riverbank, sound asleep. Arnold woke him with a loud shout and made a proclamation, “let this branch be known forever by the name of Sleeper’s River”.
The station area of the Canadian Pacific Railroad was called Centervale. Also, before the village of St. Johnsbury engulfed them, there were the districts of Fairbanks, Paddock and Summerville all named for prominent business people of the era. During the last years of the 19th Century, the area in East St. Johnsbury near the railroad station was known as Griswold Station, for the stationmaster. On the Danville town line there was a village called Goss Hollow, named for David Goss who built the mills on the Sleeper’s River. The Plain, the upland pasture in the village, was once known as the “Gates of the Kingdom”. There was also once a hamlet called Coles Corner, a common St. Johnsbury family name.

Water Resources
The Passumpsic River flows southward through the center of town. Near the southwest corner of town, the Moose River feeds into the Passumpsic from the east and the Sleeper’s River flows in from the west. Nichols Pond is located in St. Johnsbury.
Mountains, Hills, Wetlands, etc.
The hills of St. Johnsbury are all 1500′ or lower: Saddleback, Mt. Pisgah, Hooker Hill, Bible Hill, Crow Hill and The Knob.

Land Use
The early settlers made use of the abundant waterpower to operate many different industries: sawmills, gristmills, starch factories, tanneries, foundries, hemp works, woolen mills, a fork and hoe factory, and the Fairbanks Iron Works which manufactured plows, stoves, carriages and the world-famous platform scales. The settlers also gathered sap from the maple trees for syrup and, in the early 1900s, maple products became an important industry.
In 1971 the Carl Lawrence Farm was given the Century Farm Award. The award acknowledges 100 years or more of ownership in the same family. John Ide, great, great, great, and grandfather of Carl Lawrence settled the land in 1792. Other members of the family were founders of the first Grange in Vermont.

St. Johnsbury is the site of the largest and most continuous esker in the region. An esker is a long, low, typically sinuous ridge of sand and gravel deposited along the course of a stream that tunneled through a wasting ice sheet. The oldest and most beautiful section of the town, the Plain, is on the crest of the esker and US Rt. 2 descends its steep flank along Eastern Avenue. The materials and cross sections of the esker are exposed in a sand and gravel pit at the south end of Main Street. Several other quarries operate along its 24-mile length along the Passumpsic to the north. Clear, clay-free materials of eskers are excellent for concrete and.phphalt aggregates, roadbeds and other construction uses.
The Passumpsic River flows southward through the center of town. Near the southwest corner of town, the Moose River feeds into the Passumpsic from the east and the Sleeper’s River flows in from the west. Nichols Pond is located in St. Johnsbury.

Businesses
The making of potash, primarily for the making of fertilizer, was the first industry in St. Johnsbury.
The Paddock Iron Works was established in 1828. The foundry used iron ore from Troy, bog iron from Lancaster, New Hampshire, and charcoal produced from St. Johnsbury trees. Stoves, plows and milling machinery were made.

Major Joseph Fairbanks and his three sons came from Brimfield, Massachusetts in 1815 and built a sawmill on the Sleeper’s River. The next year a gristmill was built and the sons employed themselves in a small wheelwright and foundry business, which made carriages, plows, hoes, and pitchforks. In 1834 the brothers, Erastus and Thaddeus, with Joseph P., founded the firm of E. & T. Fairbanks & Company. Thaddeus Fairbanks invented the platform scale, originally used to weigh hemp. As a result of Thaddeus’ aggressive marketing of the company’s innovative products, the company’s volume of business doubled every three years.
St. Johnsbury expanded as the scale, maple, and wood products industries expanded. The quick growth of St. Johnsbury resulted in its becoming the county seat in 1856, a railroad junction, and an industrial, commercial and cultural crossroads of the region. It remains so today.

The Ide Company (now Blue Seal Feeds) is the Town’s oldest business and the oldest Grain Company in New England. The company started out in Passumpsic in 1813 and moved to St. Johnsbury in 1879. For 164 years the business remained in the Ide family.
George C. Cary founded the Cary Maple Sugar Company in 1904. He was successful in promoting the use of maple sugar for flavoring plug tobacco and as a moisturizing and non-fermenting flavoring agent in cigarettes. Mr. Cary built a large plant on Portland Street as well as an adjoining facility, known as Maple Grove Farms of Vermont. The company operates a museum and sugarhouse on the site. St. Johnsbury became known as the maple center of the world.
After 84 years on Railroad Street, the Hovey retail clothing empire is going out of business. Founder Carl Hovey sold his share of the business in 1945 which is located in three historic buildings. This large business retained its rural character; the owners know many customers by name and sometimes by inseam. Other business lost in recent years: St. Johnsbury Trucking, Mardon Industries, and North East Tool. (Burlington Free Press “No Room For Small Retailers” by Molly Walsh, 10/22/95, 1-8A.)
Other major manufacturers in St. Johnsbury include EHV-Weidmann Industries.
The Central Vermont Public Service Company provides electricity to St. Johnsbury.
The “Caledonia Record” provides daily newspaper service. Also published are the “New England Farmer” and “Turf Magazine”.
St. Johnsbury radio stations are: WSTJ 1340 AM , WNKV 105.5 FM and WSHX FM.

Railroads
Railroads became a major factor in the growth of St. Johnsbury starting in 1850, at one time four rail lines merged here. Presently St. Johnsbury is served by the Vermont Northern, Maine Central and Canadian Pacific. The former St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain Railroad was known locally as “St. Jesus and Long Coming”.