Don’t Miss These Quintessential Fall Festivals in Vermont

Smack in the middle of apple season, locals can don bonnets and top hats for a trip back in time to the 19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival at Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford. The annual shindig marks Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with a full schedule of food and fun.

After a hiatus in 2020 and 2021, this year’s festival marks a return to in-person celebration. Expect plenty of vintage vim and vigor: Attendees can tap their toes to live fiddle and accordion tunes, squeeze their own cider from an antique press, meet sheep and cattle, sample heirloom apples and artisan cheeses, play period games, munch on apple pie, and explore the homestead’s gardens, barns, blacksmith shop, shuffleboard court, icehouse, lookout trail and historic Gothic Revival house.

The grounds, which belonged to Vermont senator and farmer Justin Smith Morrill (1810-1898), are a sight to see. An amateur architect and landscape designer, Morrill had the gardens and walkways around his home planted for maximum pleasure. Visitors taking a stroll will see colorful flowers, the oldest Norway spruce in Vermont and many of the original trees planted by Morrill himself.

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Masters, dames and little boys who live down the lane can pick up their three bags full of black sheep wool and much, much more at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. Kicking off sweater season with a -ng, the Tunbridge fest provides an opportunity for Vermont’s spinners, weavers, dyers, kn