Exit 4 Development

"Development that is allowed to proceed willy-nilly over the landscape without regard
to Vermont’s values injures the state. It is not wise development. It is development that takes us backward..." Read More...


Old Stone Church Donated to the Community

by Emily Cutts -- Rutland Herald, November 20, 2015

POULTNEY — The lively, impromptu piano duet played Wednesday evening in the old stone church on East Main Street in Poultney was just a glimpse of what the future may hold for the building.

Formerly the Fox Hill Center for the Arts, the building was donated to the Preservation Trust of Vermont by sisters Rita Fuchsberg and Irene Minkoff. Read More...


PTV: Who We Are

Map of Where We WorkedThe Preservation Trust of Vermont is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1980 whose mission is to help communities save and use historic places. Much of our focus is on strengthening downtowns and village centers, supporting local initiatives and building capacity.

(Click on the map at the right to see where we worked in 2014.)



What We Do

Support local preservation efforts through our Field Service Program (270 projects in 2014)

Provide project development or technical assistance grants through our Robert Sincerbeaux Fund (60 in 2014)

Provide condition assessment grants through our Barn Assessment Program (6 in 2014)

Provide support for at-risk properties through our Historic Places Revolving Fund (9 in 2014)

Provide major grants for preservation-related projects as funds are available: 4 new Preservation Grants in partnership with the Freeman Foundation in 2014, and 1 grant from our Community Fund

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.

Work with communities to oppose Sprawl and encourage the proper scale and location of Big Box, Retail and Commercial development in our downtowns (12 in 2014)

Encourage and help develop Community Supported Enterprises such as village stores, cooperatives, restaurants, and community-centered businesses (11 in 2014)

Steward historically significant properties through our Historic Preservation Easement Program (87 in 2014)

Host two-day Preservation Retreats from May through October at the Grand Isle Lake House (115 individuals from 37 community groups)

Offer specialized training throughout the state as needed

Co-host an annual historic preservation and downtown conference

Own and steward 2 historic properties, the Grand Isle Lake House and Pierce’s Store in Shrewsbury, VT

Co-own and steward the historic Left Bank building in North Bennington, VT

Recognize great preservation successes through our biennial awards program

Offer preservation resources and guidance on our website

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