In Times Past: Roads to and from

Five decades ago, the new interstate highway arrived, opening in Fairlee in 1971, then Bradford in 1972, and eventually Newbury in 1974. The highway’s impact has been economically and socially profound.
In many ways, the history of towns along I-91’s route can be divided into two eras: before and after its arrival.
This is not the first time roadways in the area had significant impact. This column reviews the history of local roads from colonial settlement to the 20th century.