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About Chester, Vermont
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Windsor County
Chartered: February 22, 1754 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 35,773 Acres = 55.9 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 18* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 16' W 72°36'
Altitude: 623 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 3,154 [ Population Rank: 56* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 56.4 [ Density Rank: 79* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Chester'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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Originally Flamstead (after a very old town in Hertfordshire), the grantees made no effort to settle it, and it was re-granted as New Flamstead in 1763. It was permanently settled in 1764 and renamed Chester in 1766, unquestionably for George Augustus Frederick, the eldest son of King George III, among whose hereditary titles was Earl of Chester.

A progressive bunch they were, the early residents of Chester: they adopted their own Declaration of Independance in 1774, some twenty months ahead of the Continental Congress.

Chester is the type of picture-postcard town that comes to mind when you think of Vermont. Just minutes from Bellows Falls and Springfield, the Village's beckoning Main Street, with its quaint shops and elegant buildings, offers your eyes respite from bustling cities. A traditional common with churches, restaurants, shops and lodging brings back the nostalgia of a bygone time.

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

Our Chester
Community organization

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-875-2233
Hospital: Springfield Hospital (Springfield) 802-885-2151
Town Clerk:  Deborah Aldrich PO Box 370 Chester, VT 05143
 802-875-2173
 M-F 8-5

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Episcopal : St. Luke 802-875-6000
Roman Catholic : St. Joseph
United Church of Christ : Congregational Church of Chester 802-875-3382

Schools
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Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union 802-875-3365
Chester-Andover Elementary School 802-875-2108
Green Mountain Union High School 802-875-2146

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").

Ludlow Cavendish Baltimore Weathersfield
Chester
Andover Springfield
Windham Grafton Rockingham

Businesses & Services
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Green Mountain Railroad

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
    Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049

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