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Visiting the Town Hall, Stowe, Vermont: Also Known as the Akeley Memorial Building, Dating From 1902

Updated on April 4, 2019
State flag of Vermont
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Built in 1902 by Healy Cady Akeley this is the second town hall in Stowe and now also houses the Stowe Historical Museum.
Built in 1902 by Healy Cady Akeley this is the second town hall in Stowe and now also houses the Stowe Historical Museum. | Source

Neo-Colonial elegance in picturesque Stowe, Vermont

Dating from 1902, the Town Hall in Stowe (1), Vermont, is also known as the Akeley Memorial Building. This recalls Healy Cady Akeley (2), a Civil War Veteran, who was born in Stowe. He was also known as a prominent Minnesota lumber merchant.

The building's Neo-Classical lines express Neo-Colonial style. Features include a large portico and pediment, and a conspicuous cupola.

The structure is very much a working building, housing Stowe's local administration. Stowe was originally chartered as a village in 1763. The building also contains displays from a local history museum (3).

Stowe striking Town Hall is situated on Main Street, Stowe, in Vermont's Lamoille County.

While Stowe, Vermont, attracts many visitors because of its status as a ski resort in the Green Mountains (4), yet for less energetic — or for off-season visits — its architectural heritage (of which its 1902 Town Hall is one magnificent example) is certainly worth coming to Stowe to see. Not only does Stowe have a very attraction selections of hotels, it makes for a profitable excursion from Vermont's state capital Montpelier, situated 22.7 miles / 36.5 kilometres away.

April 5, 2019

Notes

(1) Th Downtown area of Stowe comprises the Stowe Village Historic District. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stowe_Village_Historic_District

(2) See also: http://genealogytrails.com/ver/lamoille/bios/index.html

(3) The remainder of the museum belonging to Stowe Historical Society is situated at 90, School Street, Stowe.

(4) Stowe is overlooked by Mount Mansfield, which is the tallest of the Green Mountains and highest peak in the state.


Map of Vermont towns with Stowe highlighted
Map of Vermont towns with Stowe highlighted | Source

Also worth seeing

Picturesque Stowe attracts many visitors especially during the skiing season, given its proximity to the slopes of Mount Mansfield, at 4395 feet / 1340 metres, Vermont's highest peak; the Community Church, dating from 1863, has a prominent spire.

In Montpelier, (distance: 22.7 miles / 36.5 kilometres) notable visitor attractions include: the golden domed State House, dating from 1859; the former studio of artist Thomas W. Wood. Christ Episcopal and Saint Augustine's Churches are significant examples of ecclesiastical architecture.

The Vermont Marble Museum, Proctor (distance: approx. 75.8 miles / 121.9 kilometres)

The Frost Place, Franconia, New Hampshire (distance: 73.9 miles / 118.9 kilometres) is a museum and poetry centre based in the former home of poet Robert Frost (1874-1963).

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How to get there:

Burlington International Airport (distance to Stowe: 33.5 miles / 53.9 kilometres), where car rental is available from various companies, is served by a variety of airlines, including Porter, JetBlue, Delta and United, which fly to a number of North American connections. Stowe lies on Route 100, north of Junction 10 of the I-89. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information. Visitors to the United States are advised to refer to appropriate consular sources for any special border crossing arrangements which may apply to citizens of certain nationalities.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 months ago from UK

      I agree. I have found similar. When writing about the River Vltava area of Prague the background to the construction of the Dancing House was very interesting.

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      MJFenn 

      10 months ago

      Liz Westwood: It can be interesting to focus on a building or historical geographical feature and then sometimes analyze some particular association. Thank-you for your comment.

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 months ago from UK

      I am impressed by how your articles zip back and forth across the Atlantic. Each one, as with this, focuses on interesting structures.

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