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Rutland is located in Rutland County on the banks of the Otter River and it is the county seat. The city is 67 miles south of Burlington and 57 miles north of Bennington on Highway 7.

Rutland was settled in 1770 and incorporated as a city in 1892. Its reputation as the "Marble City" is the result of immense quarrying and finishing industries, which began in the early 18th century. The Rutland and Burlington Railroad, completed in 1849, was the first line to connect Western Vermont and Boston.

Today an industrial center in the Otter Creek Valley, Rutland is protected by the Taconic Mountains to the west and three peaks of the Green Mountains to the east. It is the headquarters for the Green Mountain National Forest. Rutland is home to the College of Saint Joseph, the Vermont State Fair, and the Norman Rockwell Museum, featuring a chronicological display of Rockwell's work.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 17,348, making it the second largest city in Vermont, after Burlington.


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11/22 Coming to The area
Taste of the Valley Plymouth NH March21 Experience all of your favorite local flavors. Several restaurants from the region will be there hoping to win your vote in the "Best in Show" competition.
Green Mountain Film Festival Montpelier VT March22-31 Culture reigns at the Green Mountain Film Festival, featuring powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere.
Spring Plant Sale Westford NH April27 The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale at the 4H Fairgrounds.
Vermont Maple Festival St Albans VT April26-28 Pancake breakfast and maple buffet, the annual “Sap Run” race, exhibits and sugarhouse tours, antiques, crafts, cooking demonstrations, youth talent, fiddlers’ shows, and a Grand Parade featuring teen “Maple Ambassadors.”
Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor Manchester NH March17-May5 A display at the Currier Museum of Art shows the striking duality of deadly weaponry and artistic beauty from the Samurai culture of centuries past.
New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival Deerfield NH May11-12 Each year the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival lines up a wide variety of presenters to help educate the public on everything sheep or wool related. Your family can take advantage of the many activities taking place throughout the weekend.