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About Bolton, Vermont

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Chittenden County
Chartered: June 7, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 26,465 Acres = 41.35 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 103* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 22' W 72°53'
Altitude: 342 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,182 [ Population Rank: 164* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 28.6 [ Density Rank: 172* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Bolton'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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Bolton may have been named for Charles Paulet (sometimes Powlet), the fifth Duke of Bolton. He came from a powerful old family, but was not personally notable. His brother Harry, on the other hand, who succeeded him in 1765, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and in British government, and strongly opposed the war against the American colonies. Benning Wentworth may have been thinking of the Dukedom as a whole in choosing the name.

The men who bought the grant didn't get much for their money. The Winooski River flows through the center of town, with tillable land along its banks, but Bolton is otherwise rocky and mountainous. W.S.Rann's 1886 history of Chittenden County refers to it as "the land of boulders and bears."

The town has more than twenty mountains of over 2,000 feet, and nearly as many more just under that height. Good spot for a ski area.

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

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Bolton
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Chittenden County Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington) 802-847-0000
Town Clerk:  Deborah La Riviere 3045 Roosevelt Highway Waterbury, VT 05676
 M-Th 8-4


Chittenden East Supervisory Union 802-434-2128
Smilie Elementary School 802-434-2757

Neighboring Towns

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").

Jericho Underhill Stowe
Richmond Waterbury
Huntington Duxbury


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 Waitsfield Cable 802-496-5800
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom 802-496-3391

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