Source: VT Golf Magazine | Issue: Summer 1992 | Author: Bob Labbance
Synopsis: This article is about the evolution of golf in Stowe and how that evolved the popular resort destination.
When you mention Stowe, people think “Ski Capital of the East,” ss the resort town has been known for decades. Yet, according to Tom Kaiden of the Stowe Area Association the activity in the summer of 1991 matched or exceeded the previous winter. The fact is, this is nothing new at Stowe, merely a return to its resort roots.
Years before the first rope tow was installed on the Toll House slopes in 1935, this quaint Vermont village was known as a summer destination resort. In 1850 Stillman Churchill traded his farm for a residence in the village, added two brick wings, and started the Green Mountain Inn, which is still favored as accommodations for Stowe visitors today.
A few years later, after announcing his intention to make Stowe a mountain resort he went broke, but a wealthy lawyer, W.H Bingham, picked up the property and Churchill’s grand ideas.