University of Vermont

Summer @ UVM

Historic Tour of UVM

Join us for a rich historical tour of the fifth oldest university in New England

Ira Allen statue

Register for the historic walking tour of UVM

When, where, how

  • When: Every Saturday starting July 4, 2015 through October 10. There is no tour on August 15. Tours run 10 a.m. until noon.
  • Location: Tours meet at the statue of Ira Allen on the UVM Green just south of the large fountain at the center of the green.
  • Download a map of the tour (PDF). Please bring the map with you on the tour.
  • Parking: Free parking is available in the visitors parking lot on College Street in the block between Prospect and Williams streets.
  • To register: Fill out a short online form.
  • Questions? Call (802) 656-8673.

Founded in 1791, the year Vermont became the 14th state to join the union, the University of Vermont is the fifth oldest university in New England. To bring its illustrious history to life, we encourage you to take this walking tour of our historic campus. The tour is approximately 90-minutes; read detailed tour coverage from The Boston Globe and Vermont Public Radio.

Tour focus: The historic buildings on campus

More than a dozen UVM buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places: Billings Library, designed by the renowned architect H.H. Richardson; and the Old Mill building, whose cornerstone was laid by the Marquis de Lafayette.

The people behind the buildings

The university has its share of visionary people behind it — and some colorful ones. UVM founder Ira Allen was a Revolutionary War hero, statesman, and aggressive real estate speculator. UVM’s third president, James Marsh, was a transcendentalist who inspired Emerson and Thoreau and created the modern university curriculum.

Come along for a three-minute segment of the historic tour, led by professor emeritus William Averyt

... Watch the slideshow below:

Read the slideshow transcript.

Last modified June 29 2015 11:42 AM