Counterculture in Vermont

Learn more about the individuals at the forefront of the Vermont Counterculture Movement.

It was the summer of 1971 in Vermont. Rumors swirled that 50,000 “hippies” were planning on moving to the state to take over. Their beliefs pushed against the views of conservative Vermonters, and divides ensued as a result. Much of the United States experienced the larger hippie movement in the 1960s. By 1970, a younger generation began to set their eyes on the Green Mountain State.

In Vermont, 50,000 people did not come to 1971. But Vermont's social environment did change drastically in the following decade. Vermont's population rose 15% during the movement. It was the largest influx since the Revolutionary War. The new residents came with money in their pockets, and Vermont's abandoned farms were rebuilt. Communes,filled with artistic freedom and ethical farming practices, covered Vermont's landscape. These communities had lasting effects on Vermont, many of which are still noticeable today.