Described as "The Prettiest Small Town in America" by Ladies Home Journal magazine, Woodstock, Vermont is sure to show those who visit the classic Vermont that exists in our minds and on film. In 1768 James Sanderson and his family settled the town, and for a while theirs was the only family in the immediate area. Then, in 1776, a gristmill was erected by Major Joab Hoisington, who shortly thereafter also built a sawmill in the town. Once the Revolutionary War had come to an end, the town prospered nicely. Mills were located near the Ottauquechee River, and blacksmith shops, woolen factories and even a gunsmith shop soon took up residence. The town remained fairly small, but the manufacturing aspect that it had was quite respectable. Soon there were furniture makers, carriage manufacturers, and in 1875, tourists started coming in to the quaint community via the new train station. While the manufacturing aspect of the town has diminished over the years, tourism keeps it alive. The old architecture of the houses and buildings in the town are a strong draw, especially in the autumn, when the leaves bring the entire area alive with color.