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Orleans County
Including: Orleans
Chartered: October 20, 1789 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 28,388 Acres = 44.36 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 75* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 45' W 72°11'
Altitude: 931 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,810 [ Population Rank: 64* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 63.3 [ Density Rank: 69* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Barton'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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Barton was originally to have been granted in 1781 and named for Providence, Rhode Island, the home of many of the grantees (sixty Revolutionary War veterans, among them the American Naval hero, John Paul Jones).

It was not until eight years later that the charter was actually issued, and named for Colonel William Barton (first-named grantee), who planned and executed the capture of British General Prescott in 1777, considerably lessening the pressure on Washington's troops in New Jersey.

Barton took up residence in his town, but was a quarrelsome and feisty sort who did not get along with the other settlers. One of the best-known stories about him concerns being sent to jail in Danville in 1811 for his refusal to pay a legal settlement of just over $100, though he was perfectly able to do so. Fourteen years later, the Marquis de Lafayette was touring Vermont and heard what had become of his wartime friend and paid for Barton's release, undoubtedly envisioning Barton lanquishing in a dank prison cell. The fact is, Barton was merely restricted to an area within a one-mile radius of the jail, and likely living quite comfortably in a private home. Upon his release, Barton returned to Providence and the wife he had left there thirty years earlier.

Barton village is on the shores of what the French called Belle Lac ("Beautiful Lake"), known now as Crystal Lake because of the extreme clarity of the water. This is prime hunting and fishing territory.

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 Barton
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Crystal Lake State Park

Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association

Orleans County Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: North Country Hospital & Health Care (Newport) 802-334-7331
Town Clerk:  Grace Mason 34 Main St. Barton, VT 05822
 802-525-6222
 M-Th 7:30-4; F 7:30-12

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Assemblies of God : Solid Rock AG 802-525-3888
Nondenominational : Barton United Church-Lake Region Parish 02-525-3607
Roman Catholic : Conversion of St. Paul
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (Orleans)
United Methodist : Barton United Church 802-525-3607
United Methodist : Irasburg Federated Church (Orleans) 802-754-8448
United Methodist : Orleans Federated Parish (Orleans) 802-754-6486

Schools
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Orleans Central Supervisory Union 802-754-6945
Barton Academy and Graded School 802-525-6244

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").

Irasburg Brownington
Barton
Albany Westmore
Glover Sheffield Sutton

Places To Stay
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Pine Crest Motel & Cabins

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).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Barton Electric Department 802-525-4747
    Electric Orleans Utility Department 802-754-8584
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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