Preservation Trust of Vermont 


Village Revitalization Initiative

Our year ended with one of those special moments in the Preservation Trust's history.  


The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized our Village Revitalization Initiative with one of just eight National Preservation Honor Awards.


Our program was a partnership with Senator Patrick Leahy that supported 27 preservation projects in 25 different Vermont communities, turning $2.5 million in federal dollars into almost $30 million in total investment.  


It's very likely you have seen and enjoyed some of these local transformations:

  • a former furniture factory in Richford now provides space for a grocery store, health care center, dental clinic, and senior housing,
  • after two fires destroyed the Putney General Store, the partnership helped rebuild the store which now also houses a locally-owned pharmacy--the only one in town,
  • the iconic Round Church in Richmond is now protected with a sprinkler system, and the belfry of the Strafford Town House has been restored, 
  • in Hardwick, we helped rehabilitate the Jeudevine Library, the Town House, and Memorial Hall--all active community hubs,
  • Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, one of Vermont's special collection of arts spaces, received a $3 million upgrade to enhance its performances serving Central Vermont


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The Preservation Trust is distinguished by its work to creatively blend historic places into vital, growing communities.  

Our award-winning program was just one of the many ways we support local initiative, local passion, and local commitment throughout the State of Vermont.  


The map at the right illustrates our work all over Vermont this past year.  It all happens because of our many contributors... including you!


The work is not done, so please consider a generous gift to help us continue!


Thank you for helping save and use our special historic places.





Paul Bruhn,

Executive Director


P.S. Any new monthly donors between now and 1/1/15 will be put in a drawing to receive an overnight for two at the Grafton Inn in Grafton Vermont.


What We Do 2014

  • Jan Lewandoski working on a steeple repair project supported by a PTV Preservation Grant
    Support local preservation efforts through our Field Service Program (270 projects in 2014)

  • Work with partners around the state to pass legislation and be an advocate to strengthen Vermont's Downtowns and Village Centers (26 communities in 2014). We worked with Governor Shumlin, the Legislature and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development to increase the funds available for tax credits by $500,000 to $2.2 million annually.





  • Host two-day Preservation Retreats from May through October at the Grand Isle Lake House (115 individuals from 37 community groups)
    Clarendon Hotel in Clarendon, VT
    RSF Grant Recipient


  • Offer specialized training throughout the state as needed 




  • Recognize great preservation successes through our biennialAwards Program 



Tuomi Forest at the Partners for Sacred Places Preservation Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake House