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About Addison, Vermont
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Addison County
Chartered: October 14, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 31,327 Acres = 48.95 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 35* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 06' W 73°18'
Altitude: 289 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,371 [ Population Rank: 114* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 28 [ Density Rank: 148* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Addison's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

There is no doubt as to who Benning Wentworth had in mind when he named this town.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) is most often remembered as editor of The Spectator and author of numerous political writings in which he supported the common man. He was also one of the great statesmen of his era, Member of Parliament, Lord Commissioner of Trade and Secretary of State. It was in the latter role that he signed the papers appointing Wentworth's father as Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire, then under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts.

Authorities on English surnames say it derives from "Adam's son".

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do,
something to love and something to hope for.
-- Joseph Addison

Until October of 2009, the Crown Point Bridge was the only road crossing of Lake Champlain between Alburgh (85 miles north) and Fair Haven (36 miles south), when transportation officials determined the 90-year-old bridge to be unsafe and closed it to traffic. It was demolished that December; a new bridge is under construction and is expected to open in October of 2011.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest
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Goings-on in and near Addison
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

DAR State Park

Addison Town Historical Society

Chimney Point State Historic Site
19th century tavern room; exhibit on Native American & early French settlement of Champlain Valley. Junction of Routes 17 & 125 at Champlain Bridge, Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30-5 pm, Admission 802-759-2412.

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Porter Medical Center (Middlebury) 802-388-7901
Town Clerk:  Jane Grace 7099 VT Rte 22A Addison, VT 05491
 802-759-2020
 M-F 8:30-12 and 1:00-4:30

Schools
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Addison Northwest Supervisory Union 802-877-3332
Addison Central School 802-759-2131

Neighboring Towns
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This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Panton Waltham
Addison
Lake Champlain New Haven
Bridport Weybridge

Utilities
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Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom 802-496-3391

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