Waterbury is a gateway to some of Vermont’s most visited tourist destinations, Ben & Jerry’s and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Waterbury Village is home to a colorful mix of residential neighborhoods, civic and cultural facilities, and independent, small businesses.
Waterbury Village grew as a regional transportation and commercial center with the advent of the railroad in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, which is reflected in the many historic commercial and residential structures erected during this period. The Village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and contains an impressive collection of historically and architecturally distinctive structures. Many of Waterbury’s civic and institutional resources are located here, including the municipal offices, the public library, Historical Center, Thatcher Brook Primary School, the post office, several churches, the Amtrak Station/Visitors Center, the Waterbury State Office Complex, the Main St. fire station, and several recreation facilities.
The settlement of Colbyville includes the village area from the foot of Blush Hill northward on Route 100. It contains a mixture of residences, commercial services, and manufacturing facilities. The area was first settled in 1788. The upper and lower falls on Thatcher Brook in Colbyville provided power for several mill and manufacturing operations through the 1800’s. Historical records suggest that the Colby mills were probably the first large mills in Waterbury. A schoolhouse once stood at the current site of a gas station. In the 1940’s, the Colby Mansion was the Colby Private Hospital for the elderly; it is now used as an office building.
Along Route 100 and the nearby area to the east, Waterbury Center is one of Waterbury’s earliest settlements. Here you’ll find the Waterbury Grange Hall Cultural Center, a post office, the Maple St. fire station, recreation areas, and a residential neighborhood. Nearby is the Green Mountain Seminary Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides affordable housing and an art studio. Waterbury Center is a well-preserved example of a rural agricultural settlement, pre-dating Victorian-era Colbyville and Waterbury Village.
In the midst of a dense, mixed-use, residential settlement are major tourist attractions recalling the area’s rich agritourism and locally-grown business culture. Also located in the center are the Waterbury Center Community Church, another site listed on the National Register for Historic Places, and the Headquarters and Visitor Center for the Green Mountain Club, the organization that conserves and maintains the Long Trail.
Waterbury is home to three state parks. Camels Hump State Park which offers spectacular hiking and Little River State Park with access to the Waterbury Reservoir with tent and RV camping. The Waterbury Center Day Use Area offers many options such as swimming, kayak, canoe or SUP rentals; motorized boats can put in there too. The Waterbury Reservoir is a flood controlled damn 100 feet deep and 860 acres large. It is a hidden jewel with multiple put-in locations for boaters.
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