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Newport History

Founded, officially, in 1793, the city of Newport, Vermont (incorporated as a city in 1918) sits on the east shore of Lake Memphremagog - a 27-mile long lake that straddles the US and Canadian border. The city has a long and colorful history informed by it's unique location on the lake and early introduction of the railway. 

Early businesses in Newport centered around the lumber industry and of course the lake itself. Many original, historic buildings are still standing in the main downtown area  (including the Goodrich Memorial Library and the current federal courthouse) and are still in use as shops, restaurants and municipal buildings. 

Today the city of Newport is a charming tourist town including specialty shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, is home to thriving local businesses, like Poulin Grain, and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful farms in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Click here for more details on the history of the City of Newport.