Sep 08, 2004 — There's new talk about old roads in Vermont. Local officials in Chester called a meeting last week to discuss efforts to find and protect old rights of way. Some of them go back hundreds of years. The new maps have surprised some landowners who had no idea there might be an old byway running through their property. News of the effort to preserve these so-called ancient roads brought to mind a story from commentator Tim Brookes. He lives on a dirt road himself, and regularly does his part to keep more obscure roadways alive - by using them.