Chartered as a town in 1792, Johnson remains a unique gem. Today it is home to Northern Vermont University and to the Vermont Studio Center, making Johnson the place in Vermont for artists. Artists can practice their craft and explore rural Vermont. Johnson is located at the confluence of the Gihon and Lamoille Rivers, under the shadows of Butternut and Sterling Mountains. The community offers visitors a variety of activities in all seasons. It is a spectacular location for outdoor recreation and has a wealth of opportunities in its many public parks, swimming holes, river access, trails, and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. In July and August, a free outdoor music festival is held every Tuesday night in the heart of the Village. In the winter, outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of snowmobiling or cross-country skiing on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Year-round, downtown Johnson Village is a friendly walkable area where visitors can enjoy locally-owned stores and eateries.