History, Culture & Heritage
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom comprises the three northeastern-most counties of the state -- Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans countries. Together, they make up a region rich in cultural history, stunning natural beauty, and opportunities for unparalled outdoor recreation.
In 1949 on a visit to the region, Vermont Senator George Aiken exclaimed "This is such beautiful country up here -- it should be called the Northeast Kingdom!" The area adopted this name, and has affectionately been called 'The Kingdom' or the 'NEK' since.
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is a unique vacation destination. It offers breath-taking scenery, local agriculture and farming, Vermont made products, and recreational opportunities which have gained the region national and international recognition. Visitors can pursue a variety of adventures, including mountain biking, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking and canoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, wildlife viewing and more.
The stunning beauty of the Kingdom has garnered the attention of many writers. In her book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patrica Schultz asserts "when foliage flames each autumn, this could very well be the most beautiful place in America." The Northeast Kingdom has also gained acclaim through the works of Howard Frank Mosher, who has used the Northeast Kingdom as a setting in numerous works of fiction.