Come see Vermontasaurus, a unique wooden sculpture only 20 minutes north of the heart of the Upper Valley on Interstate 91, in Thetford VT on the western banks of the Connecticut River, across from Lyme NH and north of Norwich VT. Made up of five small villages Thetford holds many hidden gems. Thetford enjoys water access at the Union Village Dam and the southern edge of Lake Fairlee. Thetford offers real estate options from New England style houses, farm properties, as well as waterfront and homes with lake access.
The fertile soil of East Thetford is home to two organic farms. Long Wind Farm specializes in organic tomatoes from March through December. Long Wind also hosts Tai Chi classes 3 nights a week and on Saturdays. Cedar Circle Farm, has a farm stand and many pick-your-own options, and offers baked goods in their to-go café, gardening and cooking classes, and unique pick-your-own wedding flower parties. Isabelle’s Café is a local favorite that features local-grown produce and hearty portions.
Upper Valley residents look forward to annual factory and tent sales at Pompanoosuc Mills, maker of handcrafted hardwood furniture since 1973, at its Corporate HQ and factory showroom in Thetford. Thetford’s two libraries host a variety of community programs. The Latham Memorial Library is also home to the Thetford Historical Society, which operates the Hughes Barn Museum, home to a wonderful collection of artifacts that tell the story of rural Vermont life.
Children in Thetford attend either Thetford Elementary (K6) or the non-graded private Open Fields School. Middle and high school aged students attend Vermont’s oldest secondary school, Thetford Academy, an independent school that serves as the public school for the town and a school of choice for many other Upper Valley towns as well as some international students.
With easy access to the rest of the Upper Valley via Interstate 91, Thetford is home to a growing number of professionals. If you are enticed by a rural atmosphere, recreational water access, and local CSA farms, this quiet, friendly retreat from the more bustling center of the Upper Valley may be the perfect place for your new home.