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Still Working: General Stores In Vermont

12/26/11 5:55PM By Tom Slayton

FH Gillingham & Sons General Store, Woodstock

Last summer, as part of its mission to encourage exploration of Vermont's working landscape and rural culture, Billings Farm and Museum partnered with VPR to develop an audio tour CD of general stores in the Central Vermont region.  Stores in Woodstock, Barnard, Taftsville, Bridgewater Corners, Plymouth, and Tunbridge are among those featured on the disc.

The tour provides a mix of narrative segments that examine the country store (past and present) from many facets such as folk architecture, the general store's function in the community and the role of the storekeeper, as a venue for humor and storytelling.

In addition to excerpts of archive recordings done by the Vermont Folklife Center, the CD features original essays by VPR commentator, Tom Slayton.

This week, VPR is encoring a selection of the essays Tom developed for the CD. Listen at 5:55 during All Things Considered for the series "Still Working".

 

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Billings Farm & Museum Vermont Folklife Center FH Gillingham & Sons General Store Shaughnessy's Reading Country Store on Facebook Barnard General Store on Facebook Taftsville Country Store Pierce's Store Blog Pierce's Store on Facebook
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