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Scenes from Manchester, Vermont

A closer look at the popular Green Mountains destination of Manchester, Vermont, by photographer Mark Fleming.

By Heather Marcus

May 31 2018

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An exterior view of a downtown institution, Northshire Bookstore.

Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Manchester, Vermont, is actually two towns that combine to cover the bases for visitors. Pristine Manchester Village is crisscrossed with white marble sidewalks, ideal for strolling; Manchester Center is a commercial hub with a thriving independent bookstore and a number of top designer outlets. For pure beauty, there’s the Battenkill River, a haven for fly-fishing — and while the Battenkill’s catch-and-release policy means you won’t be eating what you catch, Manchester boasts a rich assortment of eateries, from New American cuisine to Mexican street food.

For a uniquely Manchester experience, though, head to Boorn Brook Farm, once the home of famed Vermont painter Ogden Pleissner and now the headquarters of Green Mountain Falconry School. With the protection of a thick leather gauntlet and some instruction from owner Rob Waite, you can truly go “medieval” as a captive-bred hawk swoops down from the sky to land on your outstretched arm.

The following are some of our favorite images by Yankee senior photographer Mark Fleming for the “Manchester, New Hampshire | Could You Live Here?” feature in the July/August 2018 issue.

Scenes from Manchester, Vermont

Orvis staffers Josh Robinson and Tim Swinarton head upstream on the Battenkill River.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
A fly-fishing rod is essential gear for catching wild brown trout and native brook trout in the clear waters of the Battenkill.
Green hills and foliage along the Battenkill.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Charlie Hisey, master rod maker, works on a bamboo fly-fishing rod at Orvis.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Cooling off at the Dorset Quarry, near Manchester.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Northshire Bookstore, a Manchester institution.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
The top floor of Northshire Bookstore includes a vast collection of children’s books, toys, and games.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
The entrance and grounds at the historic Wilburton Inn.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Green Mountain Falconry School’s Rob Waite with Elmer, a male Harris hawk.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Waite with Mycroft, a 22-year-old male Harris hawk.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

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