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Town of Shaftsbury, VT
PO Box 409
61 Buck Hill Road
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262

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Phone: (802) 442-4038
Fax: (802) 442-0955
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Home Welcome to Shaftsbury A Visit to Our Sister City: From Shaftsbury to ShaftEsbury

A Visit to Our Sister City: From Shaftsbury to ShaftEsbury - by: Sarah McCarthy

- About the Author:

Sarah was a former resident of Shaftsbury. She was born and raised in our town. It was so thoughtful of her to share her traveling experience with us. We feel honored. Thank you so much Sarah.

- The Town of Shaftsbury

I was born and raised in Shaftsbury, Vermont. It's a place of beautiful landscapes and wonderful people. Thanks to my father's involvement in town government, I was introduced to several residents of our sister city, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Located in England it is a town more than double the size of ours, but the landscape and people were just as nice.

ShaftEsbury England
ShaftEsbury England
ShaftEsbury England

As I planned a trip to England, I realized it was quite easy to get to Shaftesbury from London. It's a quick two hour train ride and then a quick hop on a public bus takes you the last six miles to the town center. There are numerous accommodations within walking distance of the town center. Eating establishments are plentiful too. One of the most iconic attractions in town is Gold Hill: tucked-in behind Town Hall it's a steep trip up a cobblestone road rewarded one with an impressive view of Blackmore Vale.

The Gold Hill historical museum and Abbey are worth visiting too. I was impressed with the town quilt and the statue in the garden where the abbey once stood. As an avid runner and hiker, I was impressed with the trails in and around the town as well.

While Shaftsbury, Vermont isn't my current place of residence it will always be my home town. Visiting Shaftesbury and meeting friendly people who also cherish living in a small town made for a wonderful vacation.


Town of Shaftsbury, VT

PO Box 409
61 Buck Hill Road 05262
Phone: (802) 442-4038
Fax: (802) 442-0955
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