The Quiet Years (1801-1830) continued
On the agricultural scene, the breeding and raising of Merino
sheep provided an excellent source of wool for New England's woolen mills.
The Vermont breeds of Merino
sheep also gained an international market.
The east side of Main Street
was dominated by the courthouse and post office, and included stores,
shops and inns. It was around the town common that Rutland's political,
social and economic life flowed during "the quiet years. "
The pastoral character of Rutland in this era is well illustrated in an
1837 painting of Rutland
by Asher Durand, a Hudson River artist.
Rutland's village was filled with craftsmen. This Lord
and Goddard clock was manufactured at the northwest corner of the
intersection of West and Main Streets. Other craftsmen made furniture,
shoes and boots, hats, saddles, jewelry, silverware, pottery and other