Walking the street of St. Albans takes you back in time - from Taylor Park, where militia drilled in colonial days to the lake where steamboats brought bootleg liquor into the village.
Chartered as a village in 1763, St. Albans' position near the Canadian border brought trade, prosperity, and challenges to the community. Most famous, of course, was the St. Albans Raid, when a Confederate group raided the village in 1864, stealing from the bans, shooting several citizens, raising the Confederate flag and attempting to burn down the town.
Not all was war and struggle, however. The impressive brick building which housed the headquarters of the Central Vermont Railway still graces downtown, along with a number of other Victorian buildings including the Waugh opera house, the old foundry, and St. Albans iconic "ladies" - a beautiful fountain in the park.
During the summer, don't miss the St. Albans Museum and its rotating exhibits of local history.
St. Albans Downtown Program
PO Box 867
100 North Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-1500 ext. *259