Remembering Paul Bruhn

This past week brought the sad news that Paul Bruhn, longtime director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, had passed away after 40 years of leading the organization (plus 33 years of doing other things).


One of Paul’s signature contributions to historic preservation in Vermont was in the way he wove historic preservation into progressive ideas about rural economic development - helping repurpose buildings to house local businesses, supporting general stores in villages in all corners of the state, investing in barn conservation, and working to concentrate new growth in downtowns as an important component of preserving Vermont’s agricultural lands. This approach made him a key agricultural leader for a generation of Vermonters, even if his wasn’t a household name on all farms. 


In honor of Paul’s vision for thriving rural communities, our news round up story will look at some past articles exploring the confluence of historic preservation, local food businesses, and agricultural lands:


Paul Bruhn, 1947-2019

Paul Bruhn, 1947-2019