Poultney offers an ever expanding cultural life. From crafts and art galleries to concerts on the Green, in Poultney there is something for everyone to enjoy.
During the summer throughout the month of July, concerts on the Green in East Poultney are held every Sunday.
The Poultney Area Artists Guild, PAAG for short, with plans to sponsor arts events and shows locally. Some events that have been held include, critiques, community art projects, shows during town events, and drawing sessions. The group plans to open a gallery in town in December 2008.
The Horace Greeley Writers’ Guild was formed to help the local Poultney community encourage and enhance their writing skills. Quarterly meetings provide a special opportunity to hear published authors share their knowledge of writing and publishing techniques as well as gathering the creative community together to share in all writing endeavors.
Looking for a museum to visit while in town, East Poultney is home to three well known historical sites. The Melodeon Factory, Victorian Schoolhouse, and Union Academy all of which are maintained by the Poultney Historical Society. These museums house collections with a broad rage of records and artifacts some of which include military memorabilia, furniture, and books.
Located in the neighboring town of Granville, New York, The Slate Valley Museum is an impressive collection of exhibits, displays and progams that showcase the areas renowned slate quarries and mills. For further information visit the museum website at:
The Poultney Historical Society has just released threenew Historical Audio Walking and Driving Tours of Poultney hosted by Vermont’s master storyteller Willem Lange.
These tours accompany the Historical Walking and Driving Tours fold-out map brochure which can be requested by email or by writing to: Poultney Historical Society, PO Box 605, Poultney VT 06741. Or you can find them at the Poultney Visitors Center, at the 1896 Schoolhouse museum in East Poultney, at the East Poultney General Store or at many businesses in town.
The audio and brochure will lead you on walking tours of downtown Poultney and East Poultney, and a driving tour of the surrounding hollows, farms, and quarries that together make up the history of the town.
The tours may be downloaded onto your mp3 player, or rented or purchased on CD. Or you can choose to listen to the tours online. To access these tours, just click on any of these links: the East Poultney Walking Tour, the Main Street Poultney Walking Tour, or the Poultney Driving Tours.
The Society also offers several Virtual Historic Tours on its website through the hundreds of photographs taken over the last century. Simply click on this link and take a tour of Poultney circa 1900.
To see many of the well-preserved buildings in the historic districts of Poultney and East Poultney, take a look at “Architecture in Poultney” today.
For a comprehensive look at Poultney’s history through photos and stories, visit the Poultney Historical Society Website: www.poultneyhistoricalsociety.org.