Vermont has an abundance of historic resources which illustrate its history from pre-European inhabitation to the present. In addition to being an effective educational tool for residents, students and tourists, these historic sites and museums are an important source of revenue for Vermont's communities.
In Vermont, there are thirteen National Historic Landmarks, thirteen state owned historic sites, numerous underwater archaeological sites, over one hundred National Register historic districts and over 8,500 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation maintains an inventory of the state's historic buildings through the Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey. This expanding list presently contains approximately 30,000 buildings that are worthy of preservation. In addition, there is an abundance of privately owned historic museums and sites for people to visit year round.