The East Central Vermont region encompasses most of the towns and villages in the hills of rural Orange County, including Randolph, Chelsea, Corinth, and Thetford. The region also boasts Lake Fairlee and Lake Morey, and borders the Connecticut River.
In many ways, this area reflects the “old” Vermont. The size of the year-round population is not much different than it was 100 years ago, and the region contains little industry or commercial development. For the history buffs, the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead, a Vermont Historic Site in the town of Strafford is open seasonally.
Recreational opportunities abound. From canoeing along the Connecticut to hiking Wright’s Mountain in Bradford, it is easy to get a taste of Vermont’s natural environment in the East Central Region. The many back roads and trails make for good mountain biking terrain.
Restaurants and cultural attractions are available in some of the larger towns like Bradford and Randolph, with its historic Music Hall at the Chandler Center for the Arts. And from most parts of the region, it is a short drive to either the Montpelier-Barre area or to the Upper Connecticut River Valley towns of White River Junction and Norwich, which is home to the Montshire Museum of Science, the King Arthur Flour company, and is across the river from Dartmouth College.
This region is also home to two of Vermont’s premier events. Each September, the small town of Tunbridge hosts the Tunbridge World’s Fair, an old time country fair. Summertime on the fairgrounds brings the Vermont History Expo, a pleasant summertime event.
Near the intersection of I-91 and I-89, this region is easily accessible from all directions, as well as from airports in Burlington, Boston, and Manchester, NH.