The Poultney Downtown Revitalization Committee (PDRC) has installed two new murals along Poultney’s Main Street. The murals project was originally proposed as a downtown improvement as part of the Poultney Comes Together planning process led by Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) in 2019.
The murals showcase the town’s rich history, local art, and natural resources. They were made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign that enjoyed overwhelming community support. The PDRC also received a 2:1 matching grant from the Vermont Dept. of Housing and Community Development’s Better Places program.
“The completion of these murals is a testament to the unity, spirit, and perseverance of Poultney,” said Nic Stark, committee member at PDRC. “These installations not only enhance the visual appeal of our downtown for residents and visitors alike but also serve as a reminder of what we can achieve when we come together as a community.”
Local artists Annie Daley and Margaret Desiree-Mug crafted multiple designs for one of the murals exhibiting a vibrant display of local flora and fauna.
On Poultney Arts Day the town voted for the final design.
The second mural depicts a history of the automobile in Poultney titled ‘Wheels of Time’ using historic photographs donated by the Poultney Historical Society and regional racing historian Bill Ladabouche.
Both murals were printed by Awesome Graphics in Rutland and installed on July 17 and 19 on the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District offices and the Poultney Fair Haven Auto Supply store facing Slate Quarry Park. For more info, visit: PoultneyDowntown.com.