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As you approach many of Vermont's towns, a church spire is poking through the tree tops to signal your arrival.

While many are reminiscent of the traditional New England house of worship, Vermont's churches have been built in a variety of styles. And they've been designed by many important architects like George Guernsey,  Ruth Reynolds Freeman, and the firm of McKim, Mead and White.

Courtesy of Tom Leytham

A rolling brook, a classic New England white-steepled church, a covered bridge amid a backdrop of brilliant fall foliage - these are not the images that Vermont artist Tom Leytham is interested in.

Instead, Leytham's watercolors give visual voice to Vermont's industrial past. He paints run-down mills and other large, hulking facilities that may not evoke the bucolic scenes most people think of when they envision the Green Mountain state, but are very much part of its identity.

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Traverse the state on our highways and back roads and you’ll be treated to a display of historic barns. It’s believed there are as many as 10,000 historic barns and farm buildings in the state, dating as far back as the late 1700s. Some are still in daily use. But time and Vermont’s severe weather have taken a toll on these buildings.