Since it was first published in 1975 by the Bicentennial Committee, A Walking History of Middlebury by Glenn M. Andres has been one of Middlebury's perennial favorites, providing local residents and visitors alike with a compact but informative guide to many of the significant districts and structures in town. Due to popular demand, the book was reprinted by Middlebury's Sheldon Museum in 1981, 1983, 1987, 1990, and 1994. By the tie supplies of the volume again began to run low in 1996, it had become painfully apparent that the numerous changes that had taken place in Middlebury since 1975 required a major revision of the text.
The Sheldon Museum assumed the considerable responsibility of publishing the new book, and in September 1996, a small but dedicated group of volunteers took on the many tasks associated with the project and pushed it through to a successful completion by early spring, 1997.
Wherever possible, the original text by Glenn Andres was left substantially unaltered, but some sections had to be revised or deleted due to changes in use or appearance of the structures involved. The section on the College received some of the heaviest editing. Numerous corrections or addition to many of the other entries were made where recent research or remodeling activities uncovered new information. Readers who are unfamiliar with the many architectural terms used in the text are encouraged to check the extensive glossary at the end of the book.
The editor is indebted to many people for the production of this revised book: to Robert and Anita Duclos, Marshall Hoagland, Salley Forbes and especially Glenn Andres and Robert Cushman for their assistance in gathering, updating and checking information; to Middlebury College student Carey Field and Professor Robert Churchill for their work on the map; to Rosemary Bottum and Nancy Rucker for their proofreading, and to Liz Fitzsimmons, director of the Sheldon Museum, for her proofreading, guidance, encouragement and support.
Every effort has been made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date guide that hopefully be useful and entertaining well into the 21st century, but no human endeavor is without failings, and I accept responsibilty for any that have occurred here.
Greg Pahl, editor
Middlebury, Vermont, 1997