You might have seen this architectural oddity on an old Vermont farmhouse, even if you didn’t know what to call it. It’s one of those upstairs windows that’s set on a diagonal. Or, as State Architectural Historian Devin Colman explains it, "It’s the crooked window tucked up under the eaves in the gable end — and it’s just tucked in there at a crazy angle." A lot of Vermonters call them "witch windows." But why? Where does that name come from, and why are these windows installed in the first place?
This month on Brave Little State, we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of taking on one of your questions about Vermont, we’re taking on three — in a kind of local history lightning round. We’ve got a question about those crooked windows you see on Vermont farmhouses, a question about Vermont’s defunct gold mines and one about the history of Burlington’s Church Street. Enjoy!
A local nonprofit is training young Vermonters to fill a labor shortage in some sectors of the state’s economy. But the program is struggling with the very problem it’s trying to fix. Audio for this piece will be posted. ReSOURCE is probably best known for the second-hand stores it runs in Burlington, Hyde Park and Barre. An essential component of those stores is the job and life-skills they teach volunteer trainees.
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Selecting a term
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