In the late 19th century, the Great Road of Reading Center served as transportation from the east to west for the town center where livestock roamed the fields and the soil allowed the production of goods. But alas, as the soil wore thin, so too did the town’s ability to survive, leading people to relocate and the town center to vanish. Over a century has passed and the ruins including old stone walls, hidden wells, and landmarks still line the Great Road; but it now serves as a route for the historic VT-100 miler. Once upon a time, someone told a story about Reading Center and ended with the conclusion that the center had vanished. But in reality, the Great Road of Reading still booms with new kinds of activities like cycling events by Vermont Overland, endurance riding through Green Mountain Horse Association, various other road races, and even the occasional carriage and buggy goes by in summertime. Though little remains of the original landmarks at Reading Center, the activity on the Great Road is ever present. Today, the heart of Reading thrives. The parallel between the fall of Reading Center and the decline of reading leaves us with opportunity to bring something new to its place. And after all, what better place to enjoy a Reading Retreat than Reading, Vermont, at a farmhouse tucked away in the hills of the Green Mountain State…we think it’s fate.

The Village that Vanished…