Rutland Vermont

Near the Vermont ski resorts of Killington and Pico Peak lays the commercial and manufacturing city of Rutland VT. Rutland Vermont is the state’s second largest city, behind only Burlington Vermont. From a base in Rutland travel throughout southern Vermont is quick and convenient.

Rutland Vermont was settled in the 1770s on the banks of Otter Creek. In the early 1800s, marble deposits were found in the town. After the completion of the Rutland railroad in 1851, the town became one of the leading marble producers in the world. The Rutland railroad and marble magnates ensured that the town became the major city of southern Vermont. It was incorporated as the state’s third city in 1892.

Marble from Rutland VT built the research center of the New York Public Library and other major buildings in New York and Boston. The heady days of the Rutland railroad and marble industry are in the past now, but visitors can get a glimpse of the old days at the Vermont Marble Exhibit, the best of all Rutland attractions. Exhibits and slide shows narrate the history of the marble industry, there is an impressive sculpture gallery that includes a marble version of Leonardo’s Last Supper, visitors can see an artist-in-residence transform the raw stone into works of art, and a store offers factory seconds and marble counters and sculpture from Vermont and around the world. The museum is located 4 miles north of central Rutland. It is open daily from 9am to 5:30 in the summer and from Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm from November to May. There is a small entrance fee.

Another of the best Rutland attractions is the Norman Rockwell Museum, a gallery and store of prints by the famous New England illustrator. Located near the intersection of route 4 and route 100 in Rutland VT, the museum is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm. There is a small entrance fee.

Other Rutland VT attractions include the Rutland Free Library, the Paramount Theater and Merchant"s Row, a street of restored 19th-centurty buildings. Many ordinary residences and businesses could also be considered Rutland attractions: over 100 buildings are on the national register of historic places. Pine Hill Park, a 275-acre park in the city limits, has long trails for hiking and mountain biking.

There many Rutland hotels and rooms are often less expensive than in nearby Killington. From Rutland travel to the largest Vermont ski resort is easy. Killington is a little over 10 miles east on route 4. There are regular buses from Rutland Vermont to Killington.

Rutland is located at the intersection of Route 4 and Route 100. Because Rutland travel times to New York and Massachusetts are short, the city has become the major urban center of southern Vermont. There are many shopping, dining, and entertainment places in Rutland. Visitors to southern Vermont who need an item not found in a small rural town or who are looking for a good restaurant would do well to head to Rutland Vermont. Rutland is easily accessible by car, and there are regular Amtrak trains from New York’s Penn Station to the Rutland railroad station.

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