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First Phase of Green Mountain Byway Interpretive Panels Installed

March 21, 2016
Submitted by Steve Lotspeich, Community Planner of the Town & Village of Waterbury

One of the exciting projects of the Green Mountain Byway is the design, fabrication, and installation of interpretive panels in various locations in Waterbury and Stowe.  So far we have installed eight panels in Waterbury.  Five additional panels have been designed and fabricated and will be installed in Stowe this spring and summer.  The panel locations are all shown on the Historic and Cultural Site Guide that can be accessed from the home page of this Green Mountain Byway website.

The panels in Waterbury are in three locations:  Hope Davey Park at 116 Maple St., Waterbury Center State Park at 311 Reservoir Rd., and the Green Mountain Club at 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.  The panels at Hope Davey Park include “A Glacial Legacy” that is about the glaciation of the Worcester Mountain Range on the east side of Waterbury and Stowe, and the ecological and vegetative succession after the last ice age.  The second panel at the park, “Waterbury Center Historic District”, highlights the history of Waterbury Center village including the Waterbury Center Community Church, the Seminary Building and the Waterbury Grange Hall that was formerly the Free Will Baptist Church.  This panel also discusses the Mt. Mansfield Electric Railway that ran from the Village of Waterbury to the Village of Stowe from 1897 to 1932 and crossed a magnificent wooden trestle nearby the Seminary Building.

There are two panels at Waterbury Center State Park along a handicap accessible nature trail that starts next to the boat ramp on the Reservoir.  One is titled “Historic Flood, Historic Dam” and is about the construction of the dam for the Reservoir by the Civilian Conservation Commission after the flood of 1927.  The second panel titled “Past Meets Present” is about the history of the rise and fall of the farming community along the Little River.  This area is now part of the Waterbury Reservoir, Little River State Park, and Mt. Mansfield State Forest.

The entry kiosk at the Green Mountain Club headquarters and hiking center includes three panels and an enclosed bulletin board for “News along the Byway”.  One panel is “A Need to Roam” and is about the Shutesville Hill wildlife corridor that crosses Route 100 near the border between the towns of Waterbury and Stowe.  A second panel is “Scenic Vermont Route 100” and is about the Green Mountain Byway with a focus on various recreation opportunities in the area.  The third panel is titled “Green Mountain Club” and is about the mission and work of the Club.

We hope that visitors to the Byway get out and enjoy the many resources and “intrinsic values” of the area and find these interpretive panels informative.