Unveiled in 1947 by the Vermont Legislature, the Roadside Historic Site Marker program has proven an effective way to commemorate Vermont’s many people, events, and places of regional, statewide, or national significance. Nearly 300 cast-aluminum green markers, crested with the distinctive gold state seal, are placed throughout Vermont to provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and insights into the present.
Vermont’s easily identifiable roadside historic site markers commemorate diverse topics, including the birthplaces and homes of United States presidents and legislators, Red Sox players, and founders of world-famous organizations like Cadillac, Lincoln, Rotary International, and Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as homes of famous authors and artists the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Pearl S. Buck, Robert Frost, and Norman Rockwell. Vermonter’s contribution to one campaign of the Civil War is memorialized by a roadside historic marker at Cedar Creek in Virginia. The oldest markers record Revolutionary War battlefields, the meeting places of the Green Mountain Boys, and America’s first ski tow, with newer markers recognizing a distinctive floating bridge, the first African American graduate of the University of Vermont, and the largest marble company in the world.