About Vergennes Vermont
Welcome to Vergennes, Vermont, the state’s oldest city. Our history spans over 200 years and is visible in the striking architecture of the historic buildings that line Main Street. Charming downtown Vergennes features a city green surrounded by an eclectic mix of businesses that offer some of the best shopping and dining in New England. A quick stroll from the heart of the city takes you to Vergennes Falls Park and MacDonough Park where you’ll find walking paths and picnic areas alongside Otter Creek, a beautiful view of the waterfalls, and docks for boaters.
We invite you to explore our website to learn about our many attractions, rich history and things to do – and then come visit us! We have a hunch you won’t be disappointed. Whether you want to relax and unwind or search out adventure, Vergennes has what you’re looking for in your hometown away from home.
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Vergennes: The Little City With Big Appeal
Vergennes was Vermont’s first city 1788 and bills itself as America’s smallest city. The city’s name was suggested by Ethan Allen to honor the Comte de Vergennes who served as the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and negotiator of the Treaty of Paris.
Vergennes is certainly the state’s smallest city only two square miles in size with a population of 2‚700—and one of the prettiest downtowns around. Just west of downtown are the scenic Vergennes Falls where Otter Creek traverses the city and water-powered sawmills once operated.
You’ll find the elements of both a vital city and neighborly town here. The City Hall and Vergennes Opera House‚ constructed in 1897‚ is still the center of Vergennes’ business and cultural life. The beautifully restored‚ acoustically superb Opera House presents a year-round schedule of jazz‚ opera‚ folk‚ classical and theater performances..
City Park‚ in the center of the downtown‚ hosts Monday evening summer band concerts, community festivals such as Vergennes Day in late August, and encourages strolling on a summer’s evening. The park serves as the location for a farm and craftsperson market from May through October.
Within the three-block downtown area, traditional businesses mix with the new. Revitalization has attracted eclectic, locally-owned shops and restaurants to become neighbors of deep-rooted Vergennes businesses. Main Street’s 150-year old commercial blocks built with local stone and eye-catching window displays entice people to stop and explore.
It is a very walkable community, too. A walk down Main Street brings you by Bixby Library, with its beautiful stained-glass domed ceiling. A detour down the sidewalk-lined side streets takes one past houses that speak of the city’s 19th century prosperity. The stately Federal homes, Greek Revival cottages, and Mansard-roofed and bracketed dwellings, feels like stepping back into the Victorian era. Vergennes strives to be a friendly, welcoming place.
On your next trip to Vermont why not schedule a trip downtown in our “smallest city.”
Attractions within a short driving distance of Vergennes include:
Vergennes Opera House
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Chimney Point State Historic Site
Button Bay State Park
Middlebury, VT, 05753
- Monday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm