Woodbury Town Hall: National Register!

From the National Park Service:

“The Woodbury Town Hall was one of the earliest town hall buildings built in Vermont specifically for this purpose. Built in 1842, it was constructed in a vernacular Greek Revival style, typical for town halls from this period. It is an important and well-preserved example of a small Vermont government building.

Woodbury was a town of just over 1,000 citizens in the early 1840s. Most of these citizens were small farmers or mill workers. Before the construction of the Town Hall the citizens of Woodbury met in a small school house. When these citizens voted to construct a new town hall, they specified it was not to exceed $500. Typical for Vermont town halls of that time, the building faced the town common. The hall includes distinctive Greek Revival details, such as the pedimented gable front with triangular louvered fan, which were common and important elements in town hall public architecture of this period. Other elements signified that the simple one story clapboard structure was a public building, such as the gable end facing the street and the two front entrance doors. The one large interior room features some original woodwork and many 1910 replacements of the original features, such as the stage at the far end of the room. The date of these renovations is linked to Woodbury’s boost of prosperity in the early 20th century when the town became a leader in granite quarrying.

When the hall was first constructed, meetings were held twice a year in March and September. Local issues were discussed in March, while State officials were elected in September. The hall has also served the town as a place for religious services and social gatherings. Woodbury Town Hall today continues to function as it was originally intended, the site for town meetings and a focus of the community.”-https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/centralvermont/cv43.htm#:~:text=The%20Woodbury%20Town%20Hall%20was,a%20small%20Vermont%20government%20building.

From Wikipedia:

“Woodbury Town Hall is center of town government of Woodbury, Vermont. It is located on the west side of Vermont Route 14 in the town’s village center. Built in 1842, it is a well-preserved example of a vernacular Greek Revival municipal building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[1]

Woodbury Town Hall is one of a cluster of buildings at the center of Woodbury village. Set just south of the junction of Vermont 14 and Valley Lake Road, it is set back about 50 feet (15 m) from Route 14, between the fire station and the village store. These buildings are fronted by a common parking area, with a small town green separating that from the main road. The town hall is a single-story wood-frame structure, with a front gable roof and clapboarded exterior. Its main facade is symmetrical, with a pair of entrance. The building corners and entrances have wide trim borders, and the gable above is fully pedimented, with a triangular fan at its center. The interior contains a single large chamber, with a stage at the far end, and a small kitchen in a rear ell.[2]

The town of Woodbury was settled in 1781, and held its first recorded town meeting in 1806. Its early town meetings were held in a district school near the town center. This town hall was built in 1842 after the town’s growing population prompted the need for a larger civic meeting space. Local residents believe that the land on which it stands only remains the town’s as long as the building continues to be used for town meetings.[2]”-https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodbury_Town_Hall

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