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Washington County
Chartered: August 17, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 24,583 Acres = 38.41 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 158* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 24' W 72°19'
Altitude: 1,076 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,433 [ Population Rank: 131* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 37.3 [ Density Rank: 130* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Cabot'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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It has been said that a man could live in Cabot for seventy-five years and have been a resident of four counties without ever leaving his place of birth. The town has been successively part of the Vermont counties of Cumberland, Orange, Caledonia and, since 1855, Washington.

As far as can be discovered, Cabot is the only town in Vermont to have been named as a result of a romantic attachment. Major Lyman Hitchcock of Connecticut and Miss Sophia Cabot fell in love while Lyman was still in the Continental Army. Sophia's father refused to let his daughter marry a soldier, and the lovers were thwarted. Then Lyman got in on a Vermont grant in which he was the next-to-largest land buyer. Sophia's father went north with a survey crew to inspect the holdings of his would-be son-in-law and liked what he saw. He gave the couple his blessing, and the other grantees of Lyman's Vermont town agreed to let him name it for his fiancee. After the Revolution, the young couple settled on their Vermont land, and the 1790 Census (actually taken for Vermont in 1791) listed Lyman Hitchcock as head of a household of four people.

Cabot started out as an army town. When the town was officially organized, eight years after the chartering, six out of seven people elected to fill town offices had been commissioned Continental Army officers (the odd civilian was elected to the office of highway surveyor). The fact that soldiers bought many of the charters sold by Vermont during the Revolution has engendered the mistaken idea that the land was pay for their services. In fact, however, hard money changed hands, and went into the treasury of the little republic. And the money was badly needed; the Continental Congress did not pay any of Vermont's war expenses, because she was neither an old colony nor yet recognized as a separate, independent entity.

Cabot did have what the proprietors of every town hoped for: good farm lands, plenty of mill sites and no excessively high hills. At first the town grew quite rapidly, then after the Civil War it started to decline. The population at present is somewhat less than it was thirty years after the charter was written.

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

Cabot Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury) 802-748-8141
Town Clerk:  Tara Rogerson PO Box 36 Cabot, VT 05647
 802-563-2279
 M-Th 9-5

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Cabot United Church 802-563-2278

Schools
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Washington Northeast Supervisory Union 802-426-3245
Cabot School 802-563-2289

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").

Woodbury Hardwick Walden
Cabot
Calais Danville
Marshfield Peacham

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 Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Electric Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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