Located off of Exit 1 on I-89 right over the Vermont border, the Quechee Community is a short drive away. Quechee Lakes is Vermont premier lifestyle destination for people ready to embrace a Vermont lifestyle. It is a one-of-a-kind place where you can relax, rejuvenate, play hard, socialize, get-involved in the community and spend quality time with your children, grandchildren, friends and family. Homeowners and visitors alike say they feel more alive here because of the four-season outdoor activities, the friendly people, the peaceful surroundings, the breathtaking natural beauty, and the sophisticated lifestyle.
Live and Play at Quechee Lakes. In addition to its private amenities, fine dining, theater and shopping are nearby in the historic villages of Woodstock, VT. and Hanover, N.H. Within an easy two-hour drive of Boston and a short flight from New York's LaGuardia International Airport, Quechee Lakes is synonymous with clean air and good living in the heart of New England
QLLA Charities & Volunteering
In 1984, Ginny and Tom Lane, with their friends and neighbors, established the Quechee Lakes Landowners’ Association Charities (QLLA Charities) as a way to direct proceeds from the existing New England Open Pro-Am Golf Tournament to support local causes. Pediatric services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center became the charity’s primary beneficiary. QLLA Charities is the volunteer arm of Quechee Lakes. To see what QLLA Charities has coming up, please visit their page here.
Throughout the Upper Valley non-profit organizations are seeking volunteers, donations and monetary support. Please visit the websites of the following organizations for further information on how you can get involved.
An Upper Valley alliance for the visual arts.
The Children’s Hospital and Dartmouth is ranked among the nation's top children's hospitals and research facilities.
The area's only year-round professional chamber music organization, is dedicated to the performance and teaching of high quality chamber music in New Hampshire, Vermont and the Eastern seaboard.
CONSERVATION COMMISSION / DEWEY POND PRESERVATION
To identify and protect Hartford's natural resources, to educate our community about natural heritage, and to foster local environmental stewardship.
COURT DIVERSION PROGRAM
To engage community members in responding to the needs of crime victims, the community, and those who violated the law, holding the latter accountable in a way that promotes responsible behavior.
COVERED BRIDGES HALF MARATHON
Volunteer to help or run for charities.
COVER HOME REPAIR AND THE RECOVER STORE
Working with homeowners and volunteers COVER provides house repairs as well as a weatherization program to help reduce fuel and energy usage. Their ReCover store sells used appliances, furniture, building materials and other household items. Proceeds from sales are used to fund COVER and their programs.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are offered that support our goal of providing patient - and family - centered care that is coordinated, effective, efficient, compassionate and safe.
Provides a place where children and their families can stay when a child is receiving treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
This organization's mission is reconciling prisoners with society and society with prisoners. They work locally to serve former prisoners in their difficult transition from prison to the community, assuring harmony in their lives and greater public safety.
FRIENDS OF VETERANS
An organization created by veterans dedicated to helping fellow veterans and their families avoid homelessness.
Meets right at the Quechee Club and takes care of all the flowers/plantings throughout Quechee as well as having regular monthly meetings
GOOD NEIGHBOR HEALTH CLINIC AND RED LOGAN DENTAL
Is a free health care facility, which offers accessible, primary medical and dental care to residents in the Upper Valley who are in need, and are without the means to pay.
GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB
Is committed to preserving and protecting the Long Trail System for future generations.
GREEN UP DAY
Usually the first Saturday in May (and includes the week before)
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an inclusive, ecumenical ministry with the goal of providing simple, decent, affordable home ownership for deserving families in our community who could not otherwise afford to buy a home.
Provides a 24-hour crisis hotline that responds to calls from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for individuals in addiction recovery.
LISTEN COMMUNITY SERVICES
Provides housing, a food pantry, heating help, a teen life skills center, summer camp scholarships and holiday baskets.
LUCY MCKENZIE HUMANE SOCIETY
Provides a shelter and care for homeless pets and educates people about the care and training of animals.
MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
A hands-on museum located in Norwich, Vermont, offers exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The museum is part of 110-acres, which includes a two-acre Science Park, and easy-to-moderate walking trails.
NEW BEGINNINGS OF THE UPPER VALLEY
A free home-visitor program that relies on trained volunteers to provide support to families with a new baby.
A not-for-profit organization with artistic, educational and community programs.
Founded in 1982 and based in Lebanon, NH, it is the only full-time professional opera company serving the tri-state region of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
Call the main school office for info on volunteering.
A community church, under the Christ Redeemer Church.
QUECHEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Located at 1957 Quechee Main Street in the town of Hartford, Vermont, Quechee Public Library is a community center serving residents and visitors.
Mentoring for small businesses
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY RESOURCE GROUP
Promotes energy conservation, efficiency and renewable through the formation of town energy committees to help residents, businesses and the municipalities reduce energy consumption, save money, increase the sustainable use of renewables, strengthen the local economy and improve the environment.
THE FAMILY PLACE
Provides resources and information to parents of children ages birth to six to support their positive growth and development by offering services that encourage families to build on their strength.
UPPER VALLEY HAVEN
Provides a shelter for homeless families, food and other services, such as education for adults and children, a food shelf, and a clothing room.
UPPER VALLEY HOSTEL
A sixteen single bed hostel providing home-like overnight accommodations for adults receiving out-patient treatment at area medical centers, and also serves family members of hospitalized patients.
http://www.maynardhouse.org/UPPER VALLEY LAND TRUST
Over the past 28 years, we’ve protected over 460 parcels of land and more than 45,000 acres.
UPPER VALLEY TRAILS ALLIANCE
Through education, outreach and stewardship UVTA promotes active lifestyles through trail use in all seasons, connects people and places through a regional trail network, and leads a coalition of local trail groups and advocates. Friends of the Ottauquechee Trails (F.O.O.T) is part of this alliance.
VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL
The Council fosters classical, traditional, and emerging forms of artistic expression. It advocates for and supports the arts as a central part of education for all people.
VERMONT INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL SCIENCE (VINS)
Offers environmental education programs for adults, families, and school children; partner with leading conservation organizations to promote environmental science field research; and operates New England’s premier avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic at the VINS Nature Center.
VT STATE PARKS
Vermont State Parks welcomes people of all interests and abilities. People with diverse backgrounds and experiences fill roles in all areas of our operation. Volunteering may include visitor registration, fee collection, customer service, leading interpretive programs, cleaning restrooms, cleaning campsites, lawn mowing, landscaping and beautification, park clean up at opening or closing or staffing special events.
VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the nation's oldest state-supported orchestra, and gives 45 annual performances statewide in concert halls, natural settings, and historic and community buildings. The VSO serves year round with outreach programs, children's concerts, and composer residencies, as well as choral and chamber music concerts.
Works to engage citizens, organizations, and communities in creating solutions to our region's challenges. Initiatives include: Valley Food and Farm, Valley Quest, Leadership Upper Valley, Local First Alliance, Upper Valley Transportation Management, Corporate Council, Municipal Network, and Vital Communities Energy Initiative.
WHITE RIVER COUNCIL ON AGING/BUGBEE SENIOR CENTER
Provides a variety of services to individuals over 60, in the communities of Hartford, Hartland, Norwich and Thetford, Vermont to enable them to remain independent and involved members of the community.
WHITE RIVER INDIE FILMS INCORPORATED
White River Indie Films is an educational non-profit dedicated to engaging the public in the political and social issues of our time and to supporting the visual arts through film.
Collects and distributes fresh produce from area farms/orchards – volunteers pick the food at different locations, drive the van on Sundays, grown food for the organization.
WINDSOR COUNTY PARTNERS
Guides Windsor County youth to realize their potential as healthy, responsible decision-makers through mentoring.
Provides crisis intervention and support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. WISE advocates for social justice through community education, training, and public policy.
ZACH'S PLACE IN WOODSTOCK
Zack's place provides a setting Monday through Friday for pre and post graduates with special needs to explore culture, education, business and fitness while developing bonds of friendship. Our approach engages participants with the material, their instructors, and one another. Through these programs ZP Participants contribute and benefit from the community.
Quechee Public Library
Located at 1957 Quechee Main Street in the town of Hartford, Vermont, Quechee Public Library is a community center serving residents and visitors. It also administers library services at the Wilder Club and Library in Wilder village, and members are encouraged to take advantage of the coordinated services, collections, programs and meeting areas in the newer, larger Quechee Library and the historical Wilder Clubhouse.
All individuals are welcome to become Quechee Library members at no charge, and are also welcome to participate in programs and to use its resources. Children under the age of 16 are required to have a parental signature to become a member. The library subscribes to the American Library Association Bill of Rights and offers all individuals full access to available resources and materials. Parents and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the safety and actions of children.The Library’s operating budget is supported largely by Hartford tax dollars, but generous contributions fund remaining operating expenses and all capital expenses. A general appeal is mailed out each fall, and the Friends of Quechee Library solicit memberships each spring. Throughout the year various fundraising events are held and different products are developed for sale. Various grants, including the federal Library Services and Construction Act grant in 1995 and the Freeman Foundation grants in 2001-2004, supported the building construction projects. The continued support of the Byrne Foundation, the SunUp Foundation, the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation, and other organizations are key to the Library’s growth and vitality.
Collections at the Quechee Library and the Wilder Library include Books, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Cassettes, Periodicals & Newspapers..
- Downloadable Audio Books from the Green Mountain Consortium: Listen Up! Vermont. Log in using your Quechee Library patron card number + 1957 (the library PIN number).
- Interlibrary Loan. Through the Vermont Automated Library System (VALS) items are usually available quickly. There is no charge; postage donations are appreciated. Contact librarian with requests.
- Wireless Access and High Speed Public Computers
- Fax, Copier, Tax forms
- Programs for adults and children: see Programs and Kids’ Page
- Daycare story times and book deliveries. Call or e-mail for information.
- Outreach book deliveries to shut-ins. Call or e-mail to request.
- Deliveries to the Bugbee Senior Centers, special requests and rotating items.
- Electronic resources and data-bases: see Ready Reference
- Changing Nature of Art and Place, photographs by Collamer Abbott of Hartford in the 1950s are on exhibit as part of the permanent collection. Several photographs are available for travel. Partially funded through the Vermont Arts Council and the NEA.
QUECHEE PUBLIC LIBRARY-(802) 295-1232
Town of Hartford
Home to four unchartered villages which are so named Hartford, White River Junction, Wilder, West Hartford and Quechee, Hartford, Vermont has a population of just under 10,000 people. Hartford is in Windsor, County and is located in the heart of the Upper Valley, just across the river from the New Hampshire towns of Hanover and Lebanon. Two major interstates run through the region, I-89 and I-91, this makes commuting to and from the area quick and easy for residents and visitors.
The Town of Hartford, Vermont
The place where the railroad station once played a vital roll in the community and the two rivers joined together, the White River and the Connecticut River, is known as White River Junction. Many people think this, and the other three villages are separate towns – but they are officially unincorporated villages of the town of Hartford, Vermont. Nevertheless, these villages all have something special to contribute to the town and the way of life in the Upper Valley.
Villages of Hartford, VT
White River Junction
Being the largest community within Hartford, White River Junction (WRJ) is home to more than 2,600 residents. Well known for its historic district containing of 29 buildings such as the Coolidge Hotel, US Post Office building, the WRJ Fire House and the First National Bank building. These architectural buildings are from the 19th and 20th centuries and are examples of Colonial architecture, Greek Revival architecture and more.
Home to what was once the most important railroad junction in the State of Vermont, many people came to White River Junction via the passenger trains. There was an 8 track railroad crossing that catered to more than 50 passenger trains full of riders each day. Now the site of Coolidge Hotel, the first hotel in WRJ was the Junction Hotel, a building that was moved from Enfield, New Hampshire to the banks of the Connecticut River by a farmer named Samuel Nutt.
White River Junction’s downtown district is home to many locally owned shops, restaurants and businesses. You’ll find everything from a place to grab a cocktail or a bite to eat, to dance studios, theater houses and everything in between. WRJ is a lovely arts district with plenty of things to see, places to browse and activities to participate in.
White River Junction is still a popular hub for travel, playing host to both a bus station and an Amtrak Station, travel to and from White River Junction is made easy. Whether you’re taking the bus or Amtrak for a short distance to reach an airport, or going across country, you can easily do so right out of White River Junction.
If you’re looking for an interesting way to spend your afternoon, check out The Main Street Museum – it’s a museum of curiosities and artifacts, things you wouldn’t normally think to be in a museum. It’s interesting and entertaining.
The village of West Hartford was originally called White River Village. Early in its day, Hartford was the original hub of activity which included being home to several industries such as a chair factory, a woolen mill and a grain mill. This of course was only survived until the village of White River Junction moved into the limelight, featuring its extensive railroad system. Hartford’s industry faded and it became the quiet village it is today.
Showing its rich history, Hartford, VT is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, boasting 80 contributing buildings that make up the historic district, including many 19th century homes.
Filled with more farmland, meadows and forest area than residential areas, West Hartford is the most rural of all the villages in Hartford. Also an unincorporated village in Hartford, VT, the West Hartford village is resting peacefully on the banks of the White River.
There are few amenities in the village, but you will find a country store and post office among other things. The town park located on the White River is a popular fishing destination. The white river offers a great place to fly fish. If you decide to drop a line in and have some good luck, you’ll likely catch a brook or rainbow trout, as the river is well populated with those species of fish.
Home to the Wilder Dam and Salmon Ladder, located in the Connecticut River, Wilder is a village of Hartford, Vermont. Across from the Wilder dam on Route 10, the New Hampshire side of the Connecticut River, there is a parking area and hiking trails which lead to the Boston Lot Lake. It’s a moderate hike and the trail system around the lake is unique and worth exploring.
Having a population of about 1,600 residents, Wilder is a quiet area of town located to the south of Norwich, VT and a wonderful place to live. The village of Wilder is a historic district and holds a spot on the National Register.
A popular tourist destination, Quechee, Vermont offers tourists and residents adventure year round. Especially during the summer months, Quechee Gorge, VINS Nature Center, Quechee State Park and the Quechee Gorge Village all attract tourists from every corner of the globe.
The Gorge is a natural wonder that is 165 feet deep. People are encouraged to take in the view from the bridge that spans over Quechee Gorge on Route 4. There are also hiking trails that run along side the gorge that double as a nice easy snowshoe hike in the winter. The trails are fairly level and one side (near the gift shop) is smooth enough to for use of a baby stroller, provided it has sturdy wheels.
The Quechee Gorge Village is a place to stop and shop for Vermont made gifts and other goods made by local artists. You’ll be able to find everything from Vermont made cheese and wines to crafts like pewter works, toys, artwork, pottery and more. There is usually a craft show in mid-October as well that features wonderful local crafts from all over the Upper Valley.
Another big event in the Upper Valley is the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival! Every year people flock to Quechee to watch and ride hot air balloons. The balloon festival takes place every year on Father’s Day Weekend and is one of the best annual family events in the region!
The festival isn’t just launching a bunch of hot air balloons, there are a lot of vendors and it makes for a weekend of fun. There is a food court and vendor area, entertainment for children, and you can schedule to ride in a hot air balloon by visiting the link above. There are also tethered balloon rides available during the festival as well.
Living in Hartford
The town of Hartford, Vermont offers a wide variety of living options. The region offers many different styles of homes, you can find single family homes, multi-family homes, condos, town homes, large estates and of course plenty of land ready for your dream home to be built.
The village of Wilder offers several modern neighborhoods with beautiful homes. Some of the neighborhoods include amenities such as pools, landscaping and other offerings that make life easy and enjoyable.
The White River Junction village area offers earlier constructed neighborhoods, mult-family living and of course some single family homes on acreage.
Moving over to the village of West Hartford, there are several farms and farmland, single family homes and plenty of space to stretch your arms when you walk out the front door. The area of West Hartford is mostly undeveloped, land is available and ready for your new home.
While the village of White River Junction is the most populate area, Quechee offers the most amenities within the Quechee Lakes community. Homes, condos and town homes in the Quechee Lakes development are reasonably prices and offer amenities that you won’t find elsewhere in the Upper Valley.
The Quechee Lakes community is only comparable to Eastman when speaking of amenities. If you have a golfer in the family, you’ll want to take notice – Quechee offers two courses, one of which has been rated as a top 10 course in Vermont by Golf Digest. There are a lot of programs through the Quechee Club. Activities and programs available to both children and adults include things like summer camps, sports clinics, fitness training, swim lessons and a whole lot more.
Aside from all the living withing the Quechee Lakes community, there are also plenty of options outside the community as well. There is plenty of undeveloped land awaiting your design, single family homes, beautiful farms and estates scattered throughout town. You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Quechee.
The median home value in Hartford is about $220,000. Although this is a modest median price, there are farms and estates the make appearances on the market from time to time, so be on the lookout if that’s what you’re in the market for.
Although there are many higher valued properties, even the most modest budget will find something perfect in Hartford, whether it be a lake side or mountain view home, Hartford has the real estate you’re looking for.
Hartford, Vermont Town Website
Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
Join us for the 40th Annual Quechee Hot ir Balloon Craft and Music Festival
Father's Day Weekend-June 14th, 15th, 16th, 2019
Click here for more information.
The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Mission:
Creating and enhancing an economic climate, where area businesses and the community thrive.
Serving the 5 villages of Hartford: Quechee, White River Junction, Hartford, West Hartford and Wilder
Visit Us at the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm
Chamber office: (802) 295-7900 Visitor Center: (802) 295-6852
Green-Up Day, always the first Saturday in May!
Help clean up roadside trash in Hartford. Beginning in late April, Green-Up bags will be available at the Hartford Town Hall (171 Bridge St., White River Junction) Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Green-Up bags also will be available at the Quechee Library (1957 Quechee Main Street) during library hours and The Quechee Club-Membership Services. Interested in being part of a group, join the Conservation Commission at the Town Hall at 9:00 a.m. on the first Saturday in May.
If you can’t make it on Green-Up Day, sign up for a section of road or a park and get out when you can. Roadside trash in Green-up bags will be accepted at the Hartford Recycling Center from Saturday 4/28 to Saturday, 5/12. Dumpsters for Green-Up Day trash will be available at the Hartford Town Hall & the Quechee Green from 5/2 – 5/7. The Town encourages schools, civic groups and businesses to participate in Green-Up Day.
For more information, contact Hartford Green-Up Day Coordinator Matt Osborn 295-3075 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Green-Up Day Vermont
WHAT is it? and HOW did it get started? A special day when thousands of volunteers come out in their communities for a massive spring clean up of litter. It is the largest statewide volunteer event in Vermont with over 22,000 taking part.
Launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis, four days before the first Earth Day, with the idea to “marshal an army of thousands of volunteers to clean up litter from roadsides.” There was a lot of roadside litter back then. The Interstate was closed from nine to noon and the clean up drew national media coverage.
HOW has it CHANGED? It is no longer organized by a state agency. Instead, Green Up Vermont is a non-profit organization responsible for carrying on this great annual tradition. They are now providing over 50,000 Green Up bags every year!
WHERE does it take place? Every community in Vermont has a Green Up Day. Roadsides, natural and public spaces, and waterways throughout the entire state are the focus for the litter clean up.
WHO takes part? Everyone can take part – people of all ages and all walks of life. Lots of families go out together to involve young children in learning about negative effects of littering. Local community groups can help organize food and festivities for volunteers – some towns have a breakfast, many have a barbeque lunch.
HOW can people get involved? Visit the How to Participate page to find your Town Coordinator, where to get Green Up bags, and what to do with them afterwards. Also all seven Vermont Subaru dealers are official sites for bag pick up and drop off.
Green Up’s mission is to promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment.
For the official Green Up Day Vermont website, go to http://www.greenupvermont.org/