"Visit to St. Johnsbury, Vermont" Saint Johnsbury by Goner

Saint Johnsbury Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 42 photos

A Great New England Town

The City of St. Johnsbury, also known as St. J, (or Saint Jay, St. Jay) is a small bustling city in Caledonia County in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. St. Johnsbury intersects at the major US thoroughfares of Interstates 93 and 91, and also U.S. Routes 5 and 2, and is therefore easily accessible from all directions.

St. Johnsbury's Main Street is a fine example of old New England architecture, and boasts the oldest, original art Museum in America. A visit to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum will delight art lovers, historians, and architects. Historic downtown St. Johnsbury has numerous fine shops and specialty stores.

St. Johnsbury is home to the famous Maple Grove of Vermont company and the world famous Fairbanks Scales were developed and manufactured here. The internationally renowned private prep school, St. Johnsbury Academy is here, as is the Northeast Kingdom's largest daily newspaper, The Caledonian-Record and the monthly newspaper, the New England Farmer.

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is home to dozens of spectacular photos and white marble statues. Fans of the Hudson River School of Art will delight in the outstanding collection. Originally built as a public library and donated to the town by Horace Fairbanks, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum was designated as a National Landmark in 1996.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Wonderful New England Town with a Rich Heritage
  • Cons:Not Much Nightlife
  • In a nutshell:A Small but Important Town to Visit in Vermont
  • Last visit to Saint Johnsbury: Oct 2002
  • Intro Written Oct 14, 2002
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  • johncudw's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2006 at 9:33 AM

    Nice page on St. Johnsbury. My step-sister lives up there and we go up to visit occasionally. John and Gail from NJ

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2004 at 4:28 AM

    Beautiful small town, I see. Thanks for sharing.

  • kaloz's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2003 at 9:47 PM

    I thought it looked familiar, must have been a film.

  • May 22, 2003 at 11:20 PM

    I was lucky to visit St J too and only regret I did not stay longer. You are right about Northern Lights. Fantastic Soup!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2003 at 10:18 PM

    What a beautiful small town - thanks for sharing this "jewel" with us, Nancy!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2003 at 5:29 AM

    What a pity I had to cancel a visit to St J last year - when summer is back .... ;-)))

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2003 at 11:59 PM

    You certainly have beautiful places to visit. My turn will come, haha.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2003 at 9:45 PM

    That bookshop/cafe sounds my kind of place. This town is a great little find.

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2002 at 8:49 PM

    Good write-up Nancy! Didn't realize there was so much to see.

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