The town of Johnson is recognized for its vibrant and diverse community. It draws some of its dynamism from highly acclaimed Johnson State College, whose mission is to transform lives through higher education. Youth from local villages and farms attended Johnson State College beginning in the mid-1800. Many earned their teaching licensure here.
The Studio Center, a 30-building campus along the Gihon River, greatly contributes to the vibrancy of Johnson also. It is the largest writer and artist residency program in the United States, hosting up to 50 visual artists and writers from across the nation and around the world monthly, as well as lecture series and gallery shows.
Johnson is home to a rich tradition of family-owned farms and shops, equestrian enthusiasts and world-class craft producers. For instance, The Johnson Woolen Mills continues a tradition that began when local farmers first brought their wool here to be woven into cloth, in 1842. The Butternut Mountain Farm, famous for its world renowned, locally produced maple syrup, contributes to Johnson’s diversity and economic success also. The oldest long-distance trail in the United States, known as “The Long Trail” runs through Johnson. The Long Trail provides hiking opportunities for the novice and expert nature enthusiast alike.
Johnson was granted in 1782. It acquired its name from William Samuel Johnson who had represented Connecticut in London and was the first president of Columbia College. It is said that Johnson reflects the beauty, clean water, and rich soil of Lamoille County. It is situated in the Green Mountains of Northern Vermont, just minutes from Smugglers Notch and Stowe, two internationally acclaimed ski resorts. Population in 2008 was 1,388.ResidentialLandCommercialMulti-Family