By Bette Reynolds
Nestled between the West River and three major ski resort mountains, is what is affectionately nicknamed “the Golden Triangle” which includes Londonderry and seven smaller surrounding towns and villages. Londonderry was established in 1780 and retains much of it’s historical flavor.
The current Executive Director of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is Jim Lind, a former schoolteacher and football coach from Manasquan NJ. Jim assumed the position in January 2001, and like many pilgrims to Vermont, has brought refreshing energy and enthusiasm to the Chamber. He has a vested interest in the area business, being a business owner as well as the Chamber’s director. Jim regards Londonderry’s economy with a smile, saying “we’ve come a long way this year !”
Jim and his wife, Lynn, own and operate the “Inn at Three Ponds” in Londonderry.
Jim works with Londonderry and the surrounding communities to produce activities for persons of all ages. Bondville holds it’s annual fair the end of August. Peru has an annual fair Sept. 22. This year will be the first year for a Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Scarecrow decorating Contest for the fall season. Also, on December 14 & 15th the public will be invited to a holiday Christmas Inn tour that will highlight the beautiful decorations of the Londonderry area country Inn’s.
In addition to special events, there are shops in town, restaurants, Inn accommodations and outdoor recreation. Londonderry is only a few miles from three major ski resorts, Magic Mt, which boast the best vertical drop for snowboarders and skiers alike. Straton Mt and Bromley Mt. are only six miles away and OkemoMt at Ludlow, is a short 20 miles.
For a change of pace, a visit can also be made at the nearby Weston Priory, a Benedictine Monastery, three miles north of Weston. The brothers are noted for their beautiful music and daily prayer in a pristine location.
For the outdoors person there are nearby campgrounds and state parks, two of which are in Jamaica and Lowell Lake, which is located near Magic Mt.
Camera enthusiasts should check out the beauty of the flowing West River. The area is ideal to experience the rustic charm of the fall foliage season.
Historians may be interested in Londonderry’s active Historical Society. Curator, Patty Wiley is a descentent of one of the towns first families. Of special interest is the Society’s Museum, located in the Custer-Sharp House (circa1840), out on the Middletown Road. Bernadine and Arthur Sharp donated the house and its two acres to the Historical society in 1992. The Historical Society has made renovations to the barn to house cultural and social activities. Formerly housed in the town office building, the Historical Society relocated to the Custer-Sharp House in June, 2000. The Museum is open during the summer by appointment or on Saturday 10AM to noon. The barn is available for functions upon request.
Story by Bette Reynolds
Edited by Sabrina White
Historical postcard and photo courtesy of Patty Wiley