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Essex County
Chartered: June 29, 1762 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 24,556 Acres = 38.37 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 159* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 45° 00' W 71°42'
Altitude: 1,744 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 24 [ Population Rank: 251* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 0.6 [ Density Rank: 251* ]
Census Info: County  State

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

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Samuel Averill and his various associates received from Benning Wentworth a total of twenty-one grants in what is now Vermont, plus several others in New Hampshire. Eight of the Vermont grants were in the present Essex County, accounting for more than half of the area as it stands.

Averill was a prosperous businessman and land speculator living in Kent, Connecticut at the time of the Vermont grants. Like like many recipients of Wentworth grants, he never had any intention of settling on his Vermont lands.

The only settlement this town has ever had is in the northernmost tip. The population reached its peak at 48 in 1880. It is one of the few towns in Vermont that has never had a post office in the conventional sense: the office named Averill is actually over the town line in Norton.

Other than lumbering and hunting, the only activity is a family-operated summer resort on Forest Lake, sometimes called Quimbys Lake after the family which operates the resort.

One of five towns (see also Ferdinand, Glastenbury, Lewis and Somerset) in Vermont which have been discontinued for lack of interest, so to speak. Population levels have dropped to such a point (or never existed in the first place) that the towns have been disenfranchised (unincorporated). Rather than having its own government (Select Board, Town Clerk, etc.) the town's affairs are administered by a state-appointed supervisor.

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

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: North Country Hospital & Health Care (Newport) 802-334-7331
Supervisor:  Gina Vigneault PO Box 417 Island Pond, VT 05846
 802-723-5900
 

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").

Quebec, Canada
Norton Averill Canaan
Averys Gore
Lewis Bloomfield Lemington

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 Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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