What might appear at first glance as just another rural New England town is anything but. Local Goddard College has always attracted educated liberal types with colorful flair, including members of the band Phish, David Mamet, Piers Anthony, and abstract artist Robert M. Fisher. An art gallery, bookstore, pizza place, and community-maintained flower garden add to the charm.
What began as a seminary spanning the years 1863 to 1937 is now a unique, low-residency Adult Degree Program focusing on liberal arts and fine arts. Website
WGDR/WGDH Community Radio
WGDR-WGDH 91.1 and 91.7 FM operates as a true hybrid radio station, supported both by Goddard College and surrounding communities. Over 60 local volunteers contribute to each week’s broadcast, providing music and public affairs programming that reflects the unique and independent spirit of the Central Vermont community. Website
Cutler Memorial Library
Your local library: where neighbors meet! Hours, event details, & free electronic resources on-line, too: catalog, access to free on-line classes, audiobooks and e-books! Website
Bread & Puppet Theater
Politically radical puppet theater founded in the 1960s. While currently based in Glover, VT, it’s just too juicy not to mention. Their satirical Uncle Sam on stilts is a highlight of the Fourth of July celebrations in nearby Cabot. Website
The Town of Plainfield
All you ever wanted to know about Plainfield, or, at the very least, where to find it. Website
Plainfield Historical Society
If it illustrates or helps establish the history of Plainfield, chances are, it’s here. The Society’s collection of Plainfield history materials includes 700 slides made from private collections, 36 oral history tapes recorded between 1989 and 1991, a republished 140 page pictorial history of the town, and the much-loved annual calendar filled with fascinating old-timey historical photographs. The calendar is available at the Co-op. Website
Things To Do in Plainfield
The Country Bookshop
Located in a charming 100 year old country home, they have 30,000 books in all subject areas – with specialties including folklore, folk music, and books about bells & carillons. Website
Cushing Clutter Antiques
Family-owned for over 30 years and known for their high-quality oak, walnut and mahogany furniture. A good selection of marble top stands & chests, and if you’re in the market for antique dining room chairs, look no further.
Founded in 2005, this non-profit community and nature-based education organization is located in Plainfield, Vermont. Their Mission is to inspire and empower children, families and communities to reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth through long-term community and nature-based mentoring.
East Hill Tree Farm
East Hill Tree Farm provides the resources to empower and enable the communities in the Winooski Valley to reestablish the garden of Eden. They understand that we live in a time of dramatic social and ecological change. Humans play a critical role in this change. We strive to actively engage our environment in order to enhance the physical and spiritual vitality of the landscape including all of its inhabitants. Website
Where To Eat
Positive Pie – Plainfield
Hand-tossed and wood-fired Sicilian pizza that was recently ranked among the Top 11 nationwide by Travel & Leisure online. Website