Small New England towns are made with such charm especially during the autumn months and the town of Jericho, Vermont is no different.
Chittenden Mills aka "The Old Mill" or the "Old Red Mill" is named after Thomas Chittenden who is the first and third governor of Vermont. During his first term, Vermont was largely unrecognized and called the Vermont Republic. During Chittenden's return to the office and Vermont's third governor, Vermont was admitted to the Union as the 14th State.
Thomas Chittenden along with his father Lucian bought this mill in 1885 and made significant improvements including adding the upper building floors, upsizing to the mills' current size as it stands today, and replace the millstones, and converting to a new roller milling process said to be the first of its kind in New England. This grain milled was supplied by the railroad of grain coming from the mid-west and sold over all of Vermont.
Today the mill operates as a historic museum and is accompanied by a hiking park that follows the river stream up about half a mile before heading up a small hill into the forest and circling back. The property can be hiked in under 30 minutes and also has swimming access with small stream made rock pools.
The best addition to this Mill and Park is the town that it's in. Jericho is a classic New England style town equip with shops and sidewalks and an even slower feel than some of the more bustling small towns of Vermont. Next to the mill is an incredible snack bar that looks and tastes like it hasn't changed since the 50's - this is Joes Snack Bar. Other town aspects include Lucy and Howe's Brewing Company and The Jericho General Store. Plenty to fill up an entire afternoon of relaxed afternoon fun.
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