Asa Leavitt

Asa Leavitt

What is your favorite location, place, building, or spot in Royalton? Why?

Well I guess right here in this valley, because it's home.  When I was out west I thought I would stay there a while, but the places that appealed to me were places just like this.

What do you think makes Royalton unique or different from other places you have lived or visited?

I don't know how unique it is from other towns, but there are a lot of things about Vermont compared to other places like Woodstock.  It's not a big town, but it's not a dot on the map, it has a downtown. When I was out west you either work out in the wilderness, a paved road, or you lived in the city.  I didn't find something like this; there was remote but not rural--back roads but not mom and pop stores.  It was quickly thrown up or desolate, no kind of older landscape that had people on it but not trashed. 

What is the most challenging aspect of life in a small Vermont town like Royalton?

I think all the driving is the only downside I can think of.  Compared to out west we're really well off...our towns are laid out assuming you're going to walk or ride a horse and you can at times, but it's like an hour and a half...we're able to do that, but more convenient to drive.  It's unfortunate how essential that is. 

What do you want people to know about your town?

I've met a lot of people who were trying to create their own communities because they didn't have this tight knit communities that were small enough that you could know most people.  So, I feel like living here we're really lucky to have that.  People leave the towns they grew up in trying to create this.