National Geographic : 1974 Jul
Vermont A STATE OF MIND AND MOUNTAINS By ETHEL A. STARBIRD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STAFF Photographs by NATHAN BENN 6« OOKIN' for Poultney, y'say?" The old S man shuffled closer to the car. "Well, I you're in it now. 'Less ya want East L Poultney. Which is where Poultney used to be. When Poultney was West Poult ney, that is." I knew I had crossed the line into my home state. This is the kind of conversational web Vermonters delight in weaving. Did he know the way to the Greeley place? "N'body by that name 'round here," he assured me. "Better try up to East Poultney. May be one of them city folks that keep movin' in." Horace Greeley was, indeed, a city man, but he was raised a country boy, in New Hampshire and then in West Haven, Ver mont. In 1826-at the age of 15-he sowed the seeds of his journalistic career ap prenticing on the Northern Spectator, a Poultney newspaper. East Poultney has Hard as a birch knot, Chester Grimes at 69 still hauls his logs one at a time with draft horses. Chester doesn't much care for big tractors skiddin' timber out and tearin' up the land. Everybody's got strong opinions about Vermont, from those who want to preserve the past to those who want to subdivide the future.