Located along the Connecticut River in northeast Windham County is the town of Westminster. Tucked between the other small towns of Putney to the south, Townshend to the west, and Rockingham to the north, Westminster is a lovely rural community of about 3,200.
First chartered in 1735, Westminster is considered Vermont’s oldest continuously existing town in Vermont, and being there one can certainly feel the lengthy history of the area. The gorgeous farms and orchards, dirt roads winding through sloping fields and forested land, and classic 19th century buildings like Westminster Town Hall are why visitors and locals alike love this area of Vermont.
Being in Westminster allows you to experience exactly the type of small town atmosphere that makes Vermont so unique. Whether you’re sampling local products at the Allen Brothers Farm Bakery and Deli, stopping by Harlow Farm for fresh produce, or perhaps just checking out a book from the quaint Butterfield Library in town, the experience of being in a community like Westminster is hard to come by.
For families in Westminster, the Westminster Center School offers public education for elementary school students. For high school students, most attend the nearby Bellows Falls Union High School, which serves students from the surrounding towns in Windham County. Also in Westminster are the Compass School, an independent nonprofit private school for those between 7th and 12th grade, and New England Kurn Hattin Homes, a private school specifically geared toward at-risk students.
As with other communities located in the Connecticut River Valley, Westminster is situated perfectly for enjoying the wilderness of Vermont. It is extremely difficult to run out of ideas and places to go for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, skiing, snowshoeing, or any other outdoor activity one can think of.
Westminster is a truly special town. With a pleasing landscape and great location along the Connecticut River, a real sense of history, and of course the feeling of being in a closely connected community, it’s quite difficult to find something to dislike about the area.