(19) Help some of the statewide organizations that are working hard to protect the character of Vermont. January 12, 2016 23 Things, Inspiration Visit the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Natural Resources Council for starters. Share This Tweet Share See Also (22) Think twice about shopping at a “big box” store such as Wal-Mart 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. (2) Visit one of Vermont’s historic downtowns. Shop at locally-owned stores -- they are part of the reason why our communities are unique and vibrant places! (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.