(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. Share This Tweet Share See Also (5) Visit your local library. Chances are, it's located in a historic building. If you are really curious, find answers to your questions about Vermont history at the Vermont History Center in Barre. (21) Take a trip to a local farm or farmers market and buy some of their products — chances are, they are farming on a bit of Vermont history. Check out the farmers who are a part of the Vermont Fresh Network. (17) Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation today and you'll be joining a group of dedicated people committed to preserving the places that tell the stories of our history.