The shire town of Addison County, Middlebury may be best known for the Middlebury College. A growing town of about 8,500, Middlebury is a thriving community that encompasses the college but also many businesses, a beautiful and active downtown, and a cross-section of residents who come together in myriad ways to make Middlebury a town with heart and soul. From the iconic Congregational Church and Middlebury Inn to the Battell Building and the county courthouse, the architecture in Middlebury creates a classic New England ambiance that is a beautiful backdrop to lively and interesting happenings in today's town life. The green by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is the site of the annual Festival on the Green, a free, weeklong music fest in July. Residents and visitors both can shop at the weekly Farmer's Market and hike the TAM (Trail Around Middlebury) trails. Volunteer options are abundant in town via the United Way, local nonprofits, and the various faith communities. The school system is highly regarded, and the Recreation Department has many programs serving families and individuals, older and younger!