(22) Think twice about shopping at a “big box” store such as Wal-Mart January 9, 2016 23 Things Check out the Home Town Advantage, a publication by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to show how sprawl presents a tangible threat to historic downtowns all across the country. Walmart Share This Tweet Share See Also (8) Subscribe to Historic Vermont, our electronic newsletter, and keep current! Historic Vermont is our go-to source of current news in preservation in Vermont. (7) Attend Vermont’s annual Historic Preservation Conference. Connect with and get inspired by anyone and everyone involved in preservation and downtowns. (15) Overnight in an Historic Hotel or Bed & Breakfast. Vermont is full of spectacular places for getaways, both humble and grand.