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Learn About Vermont's Precision Valley

Contributed by: Vermont Fresh Network

The Windsor-Springfield area of Vermont was a center of technology in the 1800's and early 1900's - dubbed "Precision Valley" it was home to precision manufacturing, and the work that happened here set the stage for everything form aeronautics to communications technology. Creativity wasn't limited to the mechanical arts. This valley also became home to sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his "Cornish Colony" of artists who arrived at his estate for a retreat and also for instruction, as Saint-Gaudens was a talented teacher as well as artist (technically this historic site is across the river in New Hampshire, but the views were of Vermont so. . .). Explore the history of the area with the American Precision Museum, Old Constitution House, Saint-Gaudens gallery and grounds, and add on even more historic sites with Windsor's self guided downtown tour

And what better complement to exploring past innovation than a stop for refreshments along the way from some of today's innovative food makers? Artisan's Park in Windsor features eight different food artisans and craftspeople - check the calendar for upcoming events. Pick your own apples, berries, peaches, pears and other treats and visit the petting zoo at Wellwood Orchards in season; see what the apple harvest can transform into at Wood's Cider Mill. The Inn at Weathersfield offers fine farm-to-table dining in The Hidden Kitchen; the Hartness Inn Tavern offers meals in the former mansion of one of Springfield's most famous inventors. 

SILO Distillery
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SILO Distillery

SILO Distillery is a craft distillery located in Windsor, Vermont. They make all of their spirits in house, from grain to glass, using locally sourced...

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Harpoon Brewery
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Harpoon Brewery

Step up to the counter and order yourself a fresh pint of Harpoon beer along with a delicious sandwich in their unique brewery setting. Seating...

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The Cheese Board
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The Cheese Board

The Cheese Board is a local cheese and specialty food shop in Windsor, Vermont and is the new retail arm of The Vermont Farmstead Cheese...

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Old Constitution House
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Old Constitution House

The Vermont Constitution was far reaching - the first to prohibit slavery, establish universal voting rights for all males, and to authorize a public school...

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American Precision Museum
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American Precision Museum

The American Precision Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work...

Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom
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Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom

The Windsor Station offers a classic neighborhood restaurant, featuring many locally produced foods, wines and spirits. A historic train station with many original features that...

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Saint-Gaudens National Park
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Saint-Gaudens National Park

This Cornish, NH, estate was home to the sculptor August Saint-Gaudens and a thriving group of artists referred to as the Cornish Art Colony at...

Wood's Cider Mill
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Wood's Cider Mill

Wood's Cider Mill produces cider products and maple syrup. Sugaring has been part of the Spring work on the farm since the early 1800's. The Wood...

The Inn at Weathersfield
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The Inn at Weathersfield

A full service Inn serving contemporary 'New Vermont' cuisine with an emphasis on local products in a classic 1792 stagecoach stop. They use the finest...

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Wellwood Orchards
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Wellwood Orchards

Wellwood Orchards is a locally owned orchard that grows and sells all of its fruits on location. Wellwood offers many varieties of Apples, as well...

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The Hartness Tavern
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The Hartness Tavern

Part of the Hartness House Inn, the Tavern serves dinners and is committed to using food grown or produced in Vermont. Check the Facebook event...

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