Physical location: St. James is located close to the heart of the Village of Essex Junction, which is within 20 minutes’ drive of downtown Burlington. The area is largely settled, with urban, suburban, and semi-rural settings within a 7-mile radius of the church. Essex Junction is a village embedded in the Town of Essex, a large, vibrant, community-minded town with a calendar full of local-business and public community-building events.
The church’s setting: The church building is nestled in a small lane leading off one of the major arteries in Essex Junction. The 1950s A-frame church and its subsequent additions are separated by woods from the nearby rectory, a ranch-style home. The region’s fairgrounds are adjacent to the church property.
The atmosphere surrounding St. James: The fairgrounds bring entertainers, antique fairs, horse shows, and other types of exposition, year-round, to the state and to the Champlain Valley. St. James sometimes attracts these event-goers, all of whom are very much welcomed.
The community has everything: Shopping centers within 7 miles range from clusters of small commercial enterprises to a medium-sized suburban mall in South Burlington, and to downtown Burlington. Vermont has few strip malls, and there is a good balance of privately owned, long-term businesses and franchise operations.
Getting here: Burlington International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away by car. It links northern Vermont residents to Philadelphia, New York / Newark, Washington (Reagan and Dulles), Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit.
City life: Burlington is directly on the shores of Lake Champlain, with an active, pedestrian-friendly downtown, and a walkable waterfront area. Vermonters who seek a large-city “fix” typically travel by car or bus to Boston or Montreal, or they fly to New York.