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Franklin County
Chartered: August 17, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 28,998 Acres = 45.31 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 61* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 43' W 73°97'
Altitude: 385 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 4,515 [ Population Rank: 31* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 99.6 [ Density Rank: 43* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Georgia'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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Benning Wentworth granted and named St. George the day after Georgia, unquestionably naming both for King George III, whom Wentworth feared was in the process of deciding that New York, not New Hampshire, would have the rights to what is now Vermont. George did not let having two towns in "The Grants" named for him weigh too heavily in his deliberations, deciding a year later in favor of New York, thus bringing Wentworth's land-granting to a screeching halt.

It would seem the early residents were not all that interested in the origin of the name. As anti-British as any of the colonies during the Revolution, no effort was ever made to change it.

The War of 1812 was fairly unpopular throughout Vermont, but particularly so in the northern towns which relied heavily on trade with Canada. Smuggling was fairly common, except in Georgia, where the townspeople seemed determined to support the embargo on Canadian trade, regardless of their neighbors' sentiments. Their blockade was so effective that smugglers took to calling Georgia "Hell's Gate". The nickname stuck long after the war was over and people had forgotten its origin.

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

Georgia Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans) 802-524-5911
Town Clerk:  Laurie Broe 47 Town Common Road North St. Albans, VT 05478
 802-524-3524
 M-F 8-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Baptist : Georgia Plain Baptist Church 802-524-5348
Roman Catholic : Ascension

Schools
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Franklin West Supervisory Union 802-849-2283
Georgia Elementary/Middle School 802-524-6358

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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Businesses & Services
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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).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Natural Gas Vermont Gas Systems 802-863-4511
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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