In this region, Southern Windsor County invites a tour of its historic towns, starting perhaps with a visit to Windsor. On July 8, 1777, the constitution that forged the Republic of Vermont was signed here, giving this town its claim to be the "Birthplace of Vermont." The area also offers many recreation possibilities, plus visitor-friendly local events of all sorts such as community suppers, church bazaars, lawn concerts, craft and country fairs.
A concentration of the arts, scenic touring and recreation exists in the SoVermont area. From the Norman Rockwell Exhibit in Arlington to Manchester's Hunter Park, there are art objects that appeal to every taste. Backroad Discovery Tours out of Manchester Village promises roads yet to be mapped, secret waterfalls, panoramic vistas and old quarries. The largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings and memorabilia can be viewed at the Bennington Museum.
Adventures for competitive as well as touring cyclists abound in Southern Vermont. The leg-motor set can look forward to rides along mountain creeks as well as village-to-village stints. Brattleboro became well-known as a 19th Century home of one of the first water-cure experiments in the country. Today visitors enjoy a water cure of a different sort on the nearby Connecticut River and its tributary the West River, aboard the cruise boat Belle of Brattleboro, other pleasure craft or by canoeing and skiing.