Welcome to Middlebury
Standing at the nexus of several state highways, aptly named Middlebury was built along the falls of Otter Creek at the end of the 18th century. In 1800 Middlebury College was founded, and it has been synonymous with the town ever since. Poet Robert Frost (1874–1963) owned a farm in nearby Ripton and cofounded the college's renowned Bread Loaf School of English in the hills above town. The college is also famous for its summer foreign-language programs, which have been drawing linguists here for nearly a century. Middlebury's history of marble quarrying is evident in the college's architecture: many buildings are made with white marble and gray limestone.