Randolph, Vermont



Randolph is a uniquely enjoyable place to live, work and visit.  At the geographic center of Vermont, you'll find a vibrant town with a lively arts community, scenic back roads, covered bridges, working farms and maple sugar houses. The town has a friendly and welcoming vibe with pedestrian-friendly shops, restaurants, pubs and parks. The attractive downtown is part of the National Main Street Program with historic railroad architecture and many Victorian homes. And the railroad depot itself is registered as a National Historic District.

Randolph is also a diverse economic community retaining a strong agricultural base while also developing new opportunities for employment in state-of-the-art technical, engineering, medical services and in high-quality manufacturing.

Remodeled in 2007, the historic Chandler Center for the Arts is one of Vermont's outstanding treasures with superb acoustics in the music hall and first-rate gallery space for artists and musicians from around the world and many who reside in Randolph. The annual July 4th Youth Musicals and New World Music Festivals draw talent from all over New England and Canada.

Art is an important part of the Community, from the many galleries and studios to the presence of beautiful outdoor sculptures by nationally known local artists Jim Sardonis, Karen Petersen and Paul Calter. The recent installation of “Whale Dance”, two 16 feet tall bronze sculptures by Jim Sardonis has brought joy to Randolph and the surrounding communities.

The many recreational opportunities and services Randolph provides are unique for a small town.

Examples are the 18-hole Montague Golf Course and the rapidly growing RASTA (Randolph/Rochester Area Sports Alliance) building many miles of sustainable trails and glade network for non-motorized activities such as hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and mountain biking.

In 2018, Randolph was one of two statewide communities selected by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The Program is designed to build and implement locally developed projects that increase economic opportunity, affordability, and resilience in the face of climate and technology changes.

With help from VCRD, Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont, over 300 people from the region developed a framework and process called R3 (Randolph Region Re-energized) with leaders and members of the Randolph Community.

As a first step in R3, Randolph hired a full time Director of Economic Development to help focus on attracting more visitors to the community, strengthening downtown Randolph and helping homes, businesses, schools and municipalities take advantage of energy opportunities. And plans for a hotel, conference center and restaurant at Exit 4 are underway.

An exciting by product of the R3 initiative has been increased involvement by the younger generation in community development. Some of these residents grew up in Randolph but left and are now returning to live and work.