Take a stroll with Franklin and Frances Fairbanks.
Franklin and Frances Fairbanks cared deeply about this community, and their warm welcome helped shape our sense of connection. Keep them in mind as you take in the beauty of our historic buildings as well as the creativity of our local eateries. We’ve added a little flavor to your promenade and hope you’ll sample some of St. Johnbury’s fine flavors at your leisure. Make it a picnic or a meal with family or friends. We’ll help you get started and look forward to hearing about your adventures!
We invite you to begin your walkabout at the Fairbanks Museum. You may already know the Richardsonian Romanesque structure was designed in 1890 by Lambert Packard, architect to the Fairbanks Scale Co. But did you know the exterior is covered by Longmeadow red sandstone – an unusual choice for this part of New England? The octagonal tower by the entryway rises 75 feet, drawing visitors to the building with its unique spire.
The intricate stonework needs restoration, and you’ll see years of wear and tear being repaired on the towers and façade soon. It’s a labor of love.
Step inside to be enthralled by the vaulted ceiling 30 feet above made of quartered oak. Many displays have been refreshed, keeping the original spirit of Franklin’s vision as a guiding light. Exhibits, educational programs, and public events that happen in this gallery nourish the mind. We want you to come back hungry for more!
This invitation to wander is also your ticket to sample St. Johnsbury’s restaurants, cafés and pubs, feeding your curiosity about new flavors. When you support the Museum, you’ll also have a chance to savor the international flare the Fairbanks family sparked in St. Johnsbury.
Select one or more of these options to Feast with Friends in St. Johnsbury
- $1,500: private planetarium show for up to 14 people with a unique small-batch craft beer served by Geoffrey Sewake, owner and brewmaster at Whirligig Brewing
- $1,000: personal distillery tour and cocktail mixing lesson with the experts at St. Johnsbury Distillery for your party of 6
- $500: meet with Adam Kane, Fairbanks Museum executive director, and tour the Tang Science Annex construction site, paired with a $50 gift card to Kingdom Taproom & Table
- $100: 10 planetarium tickets alongside a $10 gift card from Cosmic Cup Café