Much has been written about what Vermont’s small rural towns need if they hope to survive.
Officials talk about bringing in broadband internet and encouraging young families to move in.
But as they try to avoid population decline and other problems, some towns have decided to invest in what they already have.
Across Vermont, communities have recently invested in historic, centrally located buildings that would otherwise sit vacant. The restored buildings, supporters say, can become places where people come together and maintain a sense of community.