We’d love to have you as a neighbor! Vernon is a quiet, scenic, rural, mutually supportive community in a great location!
We have a great elementary school, and with school choice (see below), you can literally choose your own secondary school (grades 7-12) in or out of state. Enjoy our rec center with pool and other activities, and many other recreational opportunities in the region (see lists and links below).
As the southeastern-most town in Vermont, we’re closer to Boston than anywhere else in Vermont (a little over two hours to downtown Boston). It’s also not far from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, plus we’re close to I-91 Exit 1 and to the Amtrak station in Brattleboro. Great shopping is available nearby in Brattleboro, Greenfield (Mass.), Keene (N.H.), or a bit farther in Northampton (Mass.).
Here are some resources to help you explore your options for living in Vernon:
- Town Profile (PDF, Windham Regional Commission)
- Vernon maps
- Vernon facts and statistics
- Links to Vernon town resources, businesses and organizations
- Town directory
- Vernon history
- Regional economic data (Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce)
- Regional business data (Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation)
- Vernon Elementary School
- Brattleboro Union High School
- School choice: In addition to having Brattleboro Union High School available to them, Vernon residents benefit from Vermont’s “school choice” option which enables them to send secondary grade (7-12) students to a choice of schools under policies set by the Vernon School Board and the Vermont Board of Education. The Vernon policy can be found here. In practice, parents can send middle school and high school age children to any school in Vermont approved by the Vermont Board of Education, or to any out-of-state school approved by that state’s comparable authority, with tuition paid up to the average announced tuition level for Vermont middle or high schools as stated by the Vermont Department of Education. Parochial schools are not eligible. All school choice elections must be approved on an annual basis by the Vernon School Board.
Distances/travel times (Google Maps calculations) to:
- Downtown Brattleboro: 2-11 miles; 5-20 minutes
- Downtown Greenfield: 16-24 miles; 20-30 minutes
- Downtown Boston: 105 miles; 2 hours and 10 minutes
- Mid-town Manhattan: 193 miles; 3 hours and 30 minutes
- Bradley International Airport, CT: 75 miles; 1 hour and 24 minutes
- Berkshires (Lenox): 89 miles; 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Mount Snow ski area: 36 miles; 58 minutes
- Stratton Mountain ski area: 49 miles; 1 hours and 21 minutes
- Burlington, VT: 162 miles; 2 hours and 35 minutes
Nearby recreational opportunities:
- Connecticut River boating, kayaking canoeing — several boat landings and marinas nearby
- Multiple hiking trails nearby at Wantastiquet Mountain (Chesterfield NH), West River Trail (Brattleboro-Dummerston VT), Putney Mountain (Putney VT), Pisgah State Forest (NH), Vernon Town Forest, Green Mountain National Forest, Mount Monadnock (NH), Long Trail/Appalachian Trail, etc.
- Skiing at Mount Snow and Stratton ski areas, VT
- VAST snowmobile trail network access throughout town
- Monthly average temperature range: 17.2 (Feb.) – 68.7 (Aug.)
- Average annual heating degree days: 7148
- Average annual cooling degree days: 492
- Average annual precipitation: 41.02 inches
- Average annual snowfall: 84.0 inches