Braintree

If it weren’t for a twist of fate, Braintree might be a very different community today. Settlers built the small village of East Braintree (or Snowsville) on a site where they believed the main Boston-to-Burlington stagecoach road would run. Homes and shops and a bustling village grew up around a sawmill, but the stage route never came. Today, Snowsville is just a general store and a quiet stop on a country road. It’s also just one of a collection of small villages that make up the town: Braintree, Braintree Center, East Braintree/Snowsville, West Braintree and Peth. Separated by steep mountainsides and fast-moving streams, these villages are each picturesque pockets of homes and small businesses. They are surrounded by acres of rich farmland and rambling hills, ideal for exploring on foot, horseback, bike, snowmobile, or ATV. With a colorful cast of characters and stories, Braintree is also an ideal place to explore Vermont’s colonial history. Ramble the woods and find old cellar holes and the relics of once-bustling villages. Discover the Braintree Hill Meetinghouse, which includes a local history museum with photographs, manuscripts, and historic artifacts. Or visit for Old Home Day, where you can meet neighbors and sample Braintree’s current offerings as you celebrate its past. What you won’t find is busy intersections, street lights, box stores, or even many paved roads. Braintree is a quiet place to get away and explore.
Claim to Fame: 
Home to pink granite and a vein of famous “Verde Antique” green marble
Quick Facts
Population: 
1246
Size: 
38.30 square miles
Year Established: 
1781
Attractions: 
Exploring the newly-conserved Braintree Mountain Forest, with 1,547 acres, many miles of trails, and stunning views.
Catching a sunrise or sunset from Braintree Hill Meeting House, and then checking out the historic building and history museum inside.

Catching a sunrise or sunset from Braintree Hill Meeting House, and then checking out the historic building and history museum inside.

Seeing how maple syrup is made at one of Braintree’s family-owned sugarhouses.

Seeing how maple syrup is made at one of Braintree’s family-owned sugarhouses.

Visiting the many historic sites depicted in the History of Braintree II, written by lifelong resident and storyteller Katharine DuClos.

Visiting the many historic sites depicted in the History of Braintree II, written by lifelong resident and storyteller Katharine DuClos.

Town Website: 
www.braintreevt.com/‎
Planning Docs: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/town-of-braintree/
Demographic Info: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/town-of-braintree/