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Franklin County
Chartered: August 20, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 24,614 Acres = 38.46 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 157* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 41' W 72°55'
Altitude: 628 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,277 [ Population Rank: 136* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 33.2 [ Density Rank: 139* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Fletcher'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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Fletcher was granted by the legislature to some of the men who were then holding the most important jobs in Vermont government. Among them was General Samuel Fletcher.

Samuel Fletcher was born at Grafton, Massachusetts, in 1745. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the colonial militia and fought for one year in the French and Indian wars. When his enlistment expired, he returned home and learned the blacksmith's trade. After some years he married a young lady who, according to one of his biographers, "had an ample fortune for that day." After his marriage, Fletcher "laid aside the sledge and removed to Townshend, Vermont, there to wield the axe among the trees of the forest." That was about 1772. Fletcher had very few years for axe wielding, for he joined the army at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, and for most of the rest of his life he was engaged in some form of public service.

Beginning at Bunker Hill, Fletcher seems to have demonstrated a great deal of military prowess, and his rise through the ranks was rapid. He was in every engagement that involved Vermonters: Ticonderoga, Hubbardton, Bennington and all the rest. By 1780, when Jamaica was chartered to him and his associates, Fletcher had been a member of every Vermont constitutional convention, had represented Townshend at each meeting of the legislature, was a long-standing member of the Governor and Council, and of the Board of War. In June 1781, two months before the town of Fletcher was chartered, he was made a brigadier general of Vermont militia. Later he became major general in command of all Vermont troops, a position that Roger Enos of neighboring Enosburgh would also hold.

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

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Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans) 802-524-5911
Town Clerk:  Elaine Sweet 215 Cambridge Rd Cambridge, VT 05444
 802-849-6616
 M 8-3:30 and 6:30-8:30 pm; T-Th 8-3:30

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").

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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 Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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