Randolph

Whether they first come for the world-class music performances, fresh produce at the farmer’s markets, or for the local shops and eateries, visitors to Randolph come from next door and around the world. And once they come, they tend to want to stay. Randolph is the largest town in the White River Valley, and because it has been an important service and cultural center for centuries, its size belies its diversity. Today, Randolph is a vibrant and unique small town with a bustling Main Street, a thriving land grant college, pride in its history and architecture, strong local businesses, thriving farms and food producers, quiet neighborhoods and citizens who invest in the local community. From the downtown you can just as easily hop on Amtrak and catch a train to Montreal, or hop on a mountain bike and head for the hills. Randolph’s downtown, formerly West Randolph, built up around the arrival of the railroad. The Town of Randolph also includes the distinct villages of Randolph Center, East Randolph, and South Randolph. Together, they are home to a number of renowned institutions that draw visitors and new residents, including a community hospital, an arts center, and a technical college. People come from all over the continent for events like the annual New World Music Festival, while locals flock to Randolph to see a movie, pick up groceries, shop on Main Street, or dine out.
Claim to Fame: 
Home of the Morgan Horse
Quick Facts
Population: 
4778
Size: 
47.90 square miles
Year Established: 
2017
Attractions: 
Catching a flick at the Playhouse Theater on Main Street – Vermont’s oldest purpose-built movie theater, now running as a community cooperative. Photo: Playhouse Cooperative

Catching a flick at the Playhouse Theater on Main Street – Vermont’s oldest purpose-built movie theater, now running as a community cooperative. Photo: Playhouse Cooperative

Watching Randolph’s 4th of July Parade, one of the biggest and best small town parades around. Bring a lawn chair and watch the festivities, then head downtown for a street fair and entertainment.

Watching Randolph’s 4th of July Parade, one of the biggest and best small town parades around. Bring a lawn chair and watch the festivities, then head downtown for a street fair and entertainment.

Strolling through the downtown streets for the annual New World Festival each September, featuring music and performances celebrating the Celtic and French American heritage of the region. Photo: © Bob Eddy

Strolling through the downtown streets for the annual New World Festival each September, featuring music and performances celebrating the Celtic and French American heritage of the region. Photo: © Bob Eddy

Taking a spin on Randolph’s downtown outdoor ice rink, meeting up for a pickup hockey game or kids’ skating lessons. Photo: © Bob Eddy

Taking a spin on Randolph’s downtown outdoor ice rink, meeting up for a pickup hockey game or kids’ skating lessons. Photo: © Bob Eddy

Take a scenic drive along Route 14 in East Randolph and South Randolph and visit Randolph’s three preserved covered bridges.

Take a scenic drive along Route 14 in East Randolph and South Randolph and visit Randolph’s three preserved covered bridges.

Town Website: 
http://randolphvt.govoffice2.com/
Planning Docs: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/town-of-randolph/
Demographic Info: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/town-of-randolph/