It’s President’s Day weekend, and we’re back open. Throughout the rest of the winter and spring, we’ll be open Fridays through Mondays, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
During our winter hiatus since Martin Luther King Day, we’ve been to a couple of trade shows to check out new merchandise for 2018, had some down time, and tied up loose ends. Now we’re ready to resume.
So I thought it would be interesting to reflect for a second on President’s Day. It’s root is in the combination of George Washington’s (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln’s (2/12) birthdays.
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. So says history.com http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day
So there you have it. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday weekend. If you’re here for skiing, you’ve come to the right place. Conditions should be awesome! If you’re just out for a day’s drive, that’s awesome too, and we’ll hope you’ll pass by our way on scenic, historic, Vermont Route 7A.
And by the way, for you history buffs out there, our next door neighbors are the Ira Allen House, a terrific Bed & Breakfast. You can visit their website here: http://www.iraallenhouse.com
Ira Allen is the less well known of the Allen brothers – Ethan Allen is the better known because of the Green Mountain Boys and the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. But both of them passed through here and this area along with Arlington was an active part of the American Revolution. A sense of history hangs here. Drive up Tory Lane. Or visit Remember Baker’s old mill, now becoming a theater and arts center. The 1764 mill in East Arlington is one of Vermont’s oldest buildings, serving as a meeting place for a local rebel regiment during the American Revolution. It operated as a gristmill until the 1920s and is fondly remembered as the Candle Mill Village, a major tourist destination for over 40 years. It has been a successful antique center for the last 14 years.
There’s a lot of history here, along with the scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities. And – oh yes – shopping opportunities ):. See you soon.