Reg Hull from Why We Stay: Royalton project. A photo-folklore with 100 residents of a single town in portraits and audio.
Short interview follows below and audio is on the Why We Stay website. -
What is your favorite location, place, building, or spot in Royalton? Why?
Johnson Hill, up where I built my new home. It's beautiful up there. Got a lot of the old acreage, and it's peaceful and quiet. We have too many people moving in here that are strangers. -
What do you think makes Royalton unique or different from other places you have lived or visited?
We have a law college, it's the only one in VT, makes it very unique. - -
What is the most challenging aspect of life in a small Vermont town like Royalton?
Save up money enough for a decent retirement, plan ahead. A lot of our young people aren't getting a good education, that's bad. They need a good college education. -What Royalton resident made a positive difference in your life?
Probably I've had to make my own positive difference because I was brought up on a farm we were poor. I worked very hard and I learned, went in the military, the army right out of high school. From there went on to college and probably going to college has made the best, I won't say any one professor but it helped me to get a good job. -What do you want people to know about your town?
It's still reasonably quiet. We have some drug problems but it's better than a lot of areas. I've lived many places I've lived in Kentucky and I've lived in … and I've been away in the service. You know, drugs are a serious problem today and we're not free of it but we're better than some. -What is wish for your life? What is a wish for your town?
To remain small. Not to go big city ideas. •