Royalton

Chances are your first view of Royalton was one from above: it’s that picturesque village in the valley below Interstate 89, complete with rambling river and white steeples. Whether you see it from the highway, from a bike or canoe, or from the overlook at scenic Kent’s Ledge, Royalton is one of the most beautiful towns around. There’s much more to Royalton (including the larger village of South Royalton) than what you see at first glance. Royalton describes itself as “a community in the strongest sense of the word, neighbors helping neighbors in a town where our neighbors could be anyone from anywhere in the world.” With a renowned law school at its center, Royalton has transitioned from a traditional small town to a truly multicultural community. That mix is on full display in Royalton’s range of events and offerings. You can listen to old-timey band concerts, order craft brews and great burgers, watch a parade, sit in on lectures by international law experts, and find something fun to do on the South Royalton green just about any month of the year. Royalton is a haven for residents committed to local foods and local economies, with one of the largest and most vibrant farmers’ markets in the valley, a community radio station, and creative community building efforts of all sorts.
Claim to Fame: 
Home to Vermont’s only law school
Quick Facts
Population: 
2773
Size: 
40.90 square miles
Year Established: 
1769
Attractions: 
Hike up Kent’s Ledge – a popular trail on private land that leads to a stunning view of the Valley.

Hike up Kent’s Ledge – a popular trail on private land that leads to a stunning view of the Valley.

Head to the Town Green on Thursday afternoons in the summer. Pick up ripe veggies and fresh bread at the farmer’s market and listen to the Town Band. Photo: © Rebecca Sanborn Stone

Head to the Town Green on Thursday afternoons in the summer. Pick up ripe veggies and fresh bread at the farmer’s market and listen to the Town Band. Photo: © Rebecca Sanborn Stone

BALE Fest, a region-wide celebration of community, creativity and all things local. Get your bike tuned, learn about solar power, make new friends, and discover what the region has to offer. Photo: BALE

BALE Fest, a region-wide celebration of community, creativity and all things local. Get your bike tuned, learn about solar power, make new friends, and discover what the region has to offer. Photo: BALE

Visiting the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, a granite monument, visitor’s center and trails celebrating the founder of the Mormon Prophet.

Visiting the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, a granite monument, visitor’s center and trails celebrating the founder of the Mormon Prophet.

Town Website: 
http://www.royaltonvt.com
Planning Docs: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/royalton
Demographic Info: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/royalton