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Poultney, Vermont is located in the heart of the slate quarry and lakes region area of Vermont on the western border of Rutland County and adjacent to New York State - an area known internationally as the "Slate Valley" or Slate Belt." It is located approximately 25 miles west of internationally known Killington Ski Area and 8 miles east of the southern tip of Lake Champlain at the northern tip of the Hudson River Canal system. (Docking sites are available in the Village of Whitehall, New York.)
Poultney's village is intersected by Vermont Routes 140 and 30. Regular flights can bring you to the region via Albany International Airport, Albany, New York (2 hours south by car); Burlington International Airport, Burlington, Vermont (2 hours north by car); and Rutland County Airport, Clarendon, Vermont (1/2 hour east by car). Major air links are located in Boston, Montreal, New York and Newark. Smaller airport connections for private flights may additionally be arranged through the Queensbury (1 hour west by car) and Granville, New York (10 minutes south by car) airports. Car rentals may be arranged at most any site.
Amtrak train service has daily stops in nearby Whitehall, New York (15 minutes west by car) as part of their New York City to Montreal line; and in nearby Castleton, Vermont (8 minutes northeast by car) on Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express - a daily New York City, New York to Rutland City, Vermont service. Car rentals may be arranged at most any site.
(If you would like more complete information on travel means and lodging accommodations in this region, send request to the WAGS office at our Vermont mailing address or click here and send and email . If you would like the information sent to you through the postal service, be sure and include a self-addressed stamped envelope for its return to your address.)
Beautiful Lake St. Catherine in the southern tip of the township offers a state park for camping, swimming and recreational purposes where canoes, sailboats, motor boats and lakeside cottages can be rented. A similar Vermont State Park is located in the Slate Valley town of Fair Haven, Vermont (6 miles north of Poultney) on the shores of Lake Bomoseen set in the area where slate quarrying in this valley first began. It has an 18 hole golf course.
A bicycle trail runs through the center of Poultney village on the abandoned Delaware & Hudson Railway reclaimed in the early 1980's by the VT Department of Forests & Parks. <Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail> Horseback riding stables are nearby; historic buildings, slate and natural history museums are open to the public on set schedules; community and family oriented events are constantly sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Woman's Club, the Rotary, the Poultney Historical Society, and the Volunteer Fire Department as well as other civic groups throughout the Slate Valley villages. Poultney has a land area of 45 square miles; it's population at the time of the 1990 US Census was 3,487 with 1,731 residents in the Village. With a total of 1,624 housing units, 1,248 of those are year round housing.
The Slate Valley boasts two colleges just seven miles apart where conferences, summer course schedules, athletic camps and other events are available in addition to the campus year schedules:
Green Mountain College, a liberal arts college with an environmental studies focus for undergraduate and graduate studies is located within Poultney's village limits - http://www.greenmtn.edu , and Castleton University (formerly Castleton State College), a liberal arts college for undergraduate and graduate studies at the northern tip of the Slate Valley in the historic village of Castleton - http://www.castleton.edu
Educational and research facilities abound in an area which has long been a haven for scholars, writers, artists, historians and environmentalists.
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