Tunbridge

If you want a glimpse of traditional Vermont life, go no further than Tunbridge. You can walk across one of the town’s five celebrated covered bridges, drive more than 90 miles of dirt roads (Tunbridge only has 9 miles paved), and stop in at a Saturday Sewing Circle. In fact, the entire center of Tunbridge Village was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you come in September, you can even try hand-pressed cider or sit in a one-room schoolhouse, when local history comes alive at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. Named a Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the annual 4-day fest brings some 50,000 people to Tunbridge to celebrate agricultural heritage. When the Fair is not in session, this quiet town still draws an interesting mix of residents and visitors. The fairgrounds host horse, dog, and other livestock shows throughout the year, along with a bluegrass festival and motorcoach rally. Residents include long-time valley families and newcomers who value the laid-back vibe, choice of high schools, and proximity to employment in the Upper Valley. They include a diverse group of farmers, artists and craftsmen: Tunbridge is home to two glass blowing studios, a salsa maker, designer fabric maker, and numerous other artists and musicians.
Claim to Fame: 
Home to the official State Soil (a well-drained loam)
Quick Facts
Population: 
1284
Size: 
44.80 square miles
Year Established: 
1761
Attractions: 
Touring Tunbridge’s five historic covered bridges, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Go by bike or by car from North Tunbridge all the way to the southwest of town, and stop for a picnic or swim along the way. Photo: Rick Scully

Touring Tunbridge’s five historic covered bridges, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Go by bike or by car from North Tunbridge all the way to the southwest of town, and stop for a picnic or swim along the way. Photo: Rick Scully

Spending a day at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. Get your fill of ox pulling, fried dough, 4-H competitions, ferris wheel rides and a mix of agricultural heritage and family-friendly entertainment. Photo: © Emily Howe

Spending a day at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. Get your fill of ox pulling, fried dough, 4-H competitions, ferris wheel rides and a mix of agricultural heritage and family-friendly entertainment. Photo: © Emily Howe

Town Website: 
http://www.tunbridgevt.com/
Planning Docs: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/tunbridge
Demographic Info: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/tunbridge