“The Hippie Era in Greensboro”

The Greensboro Historical Society's 2015 Summer Panel Presentation

The Annual Meeting in Fellowship Hall mirrored the VT Historical Society’s exploration of the 1970’s — To quote their website “Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont –- its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture -– have their origins in this period of recent history.”

At our annual meeting, August 10, at 7:30 in Fellowship Hall, we invited our friends and neighbors to share stories of this period in the history of Greensboro and its neighboring towns.

“The Hippie Era in Greensboro” featured Elka Schuman of Bread and Puppet, David Allen of Hazendale, Judy Carpenter (retired local teacher), and Chip Troiano (local representative to the VT legislature) as they discussed the “counter-culture years” and entertained the audience with tales of their back-to-the-land exploits. Panel members discussed homesteading, the local food movement and agriculture, the protest movements and how they shaped northern Vermont and how we live today.

How did the counterculture originate in the society of the time? How did the 1960’s affect the 70’s? Were you living here then? Did you consider yourself part of this movement? Were you an observer of the vast changes happening around you? How did you participate? What was your role in the first food buying clubs, co-ops and farmer’s markets? How does Greensboro today reflect the lifestyles of the 70’s?


Moderated by Wilhelmina Smith
Panelists: David Allen, Chip Troiano, Judy Carpenter, Elka Schumann

“The Power of Water:

Greensboro’s Life Blood Yesterday and Today”

Sunday, March 6th, 2 p.m. at Fellowship Hall

The brooks and rivers in town affected how the town was settled because the early residents needed
running water to power their mills.  

They were located in Greensboro Village, as well as in North Greensboro. In the early 1800s, Greensboro boasted three sawmills, two grist mills, one oat mill, one shingle mill, one carding machine, and one fulling mill (for the thickening, cleaning and shrinking of cloth).

Greensboro Bend began when mill owners lured the builders of the railroad to make a 'bend' in the route with a bond of $18,000 posted by the town of Greensboro and private citizens.  

A steam mill was built in 1869 near the intersection of Route 16 and North Greensboro Road, just after the contract for the new railroad had been let out. Steam mills could be powered by burning scrap lumber and operate year-round.




A panel will discuss recent water distribution the villages.

Where does it come from?

Where does it go?  



John Mackin and Nat Smith will tell about the Village System (Greensboro Fire District # 1) and Ernest Machia will speak about the Greensboro Bend System (Bend Fire District # 2). 

The Village system was recently reconstructed, as everyone remembers when the traffic was slowed during the past two years as new pipes were laid.John is Chair and Water Operator of the Prudential Committee of Greensboro Fire District # 1, and Nat Smith is Clerk of the Prudential Committee. Ernest Machia is Chairman of the Greensboro Bend Prudential Board of Fire Districk # 2 .

What's New on the Website


Date of Change Description
December 3, 2013 2014 Calendar installed (under Events)
December 3, 2013 Fall 2013 Newsletter (under Publications)
December 2, 2013 Audio archives of Kesselmans installed (under Resources)







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Greensboro Historical Society
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P.O. Box 151
Greensboro, Vermont 05841
(802) 533-2457


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