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Description - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. Ethan Allen was a fiery patriot from Old Bennington who devised one of the first and most important victories of the Revolutionary War. Rudyard Kipling spent most of his fruitful years in Brattleboro, Vermont. Arlington houses the most comprehensive displays of American Illustrator, Norman Rockwell, who depicted everyday life in the paintings of small-town people.

Outdoor recreation is featured at Green Mountains National Forest offering miles of hiking trails, mountain bike roads, warm and coldwater fishing opportunities, camping, sightseeing and more. Seven state operated campgrounds are also within this lower region of Vermont.

Attractions - History is depicted throughout the region on a battlefields, museums and historic buildings. Most notably are Ethan Allen who devised plans and successfully conquered one of the first major battles of the American Revolution. Then there is Rudyard Kipling who while living in Brattleboro wrote Many Inventions (1893), A Matter of Fact and Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895). He is remembered as the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Norman Rockwell, the American illustrator is remembered at the Norman Rockwell Exhibition in Arlington.

Nearly a dozen historic covered bridges grace the countryside and towns. The American Museum of Fly Fishing, Bennington Battle Monument, Daniel Webster Memorial, Farrar-Mansur House Museum, Hildene - a Georgian Revival Mansion, Old First Church and Park-McCullough House are among the many attractions in The Places of History Travel Region.

Recreation - With thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of trails within Southern Vermont, Green Mountains National Forest offers endless opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy year-round outdoor recreation. There are rugged mountain tops to secluded streams for enjoying bird watching, berry picking, paddleboating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more. In addition, over 200 years of history offer accessibility to building, battlefields and museums.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. Southern Vermont has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Location - Southern Vermont is located in the lower third of Vermont bordering the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and the Vermont counties of Rutland and Windsor.

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Vermont Department of Travel & Tourism, 134 State Street , Montpelier, VT, 05602, Phone: 800-VERMONT

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - Vermont - The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles. The white-blazed trail passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, 2 national parks and numerous state parks. The Vermont segment of the A.T. spans about 146 miles, contiguous with the Long Trail for 95 miles stretching from Stamford near the Massachusetts state line up to the Mendon area. From US 4 the Long Trail bears north and the Appalachian Trail continues eastbound.
Proctor Piper State Forest - Proctor Piper State Forest is located in the Cavendish area which is known for its beautiful gorges, mountain views, boating and hunting opportunities.
Vermont Travel Regions - Experience the beautiful state of Vermont! Rich cultural heritage, lush green valleys and picturesque rocky mountain peaks offer the visitor endless natural enjoyment throughout the three travel regions.


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