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About Granby, Vermont

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Essex County
Chartered: October 10, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 24,843 Acres = 38.82 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 146* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 34' W 71°46'
Altitude: 1,500 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 88 [ Population Rank: 246* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 2.3 [ Density Rank: 246* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Granby'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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John Manners (1721-70), the Marquis of Granby, came from a long line of distinguished British noblemen, and had himself served as a privy councilor and lord justice. He was bearer of the Queen's sceptre at the coronations of both George II and George III, but his greatest service was a a military commander in the Seven Years War. It is generally thought that, in addition to the Vermont town, the Granbys in both Massachusetts and Connecticut were named for him.

This Granby got off to a slow start, and after 1816, the Year Without A Summer, the population shrank so much that the town gave up its incorporation. Reorganized and re-incorporated in 1822, it grew to just under 400 residents in 1890, down to 52 in 1970.

Though it was never more than a few buildings grouped around some sawmills, the hamlet of Stevens Mills was a railroad stopping point, and appeared on most maps throughout the first part of the 20th century. The name came from the sawmills operated by C.H.Stevens Company, which had its offices in St. Johnsbury. At one time the mills employed over 100 men, with an even larger group out cutting timber to feed the mills. As the timber went, so did the population.

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


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

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury) 802-748-8141
Town Clerk:  Nellie Noble PO Box 56 Granby, VT 05840
 By appointment only

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Essex Caledonia Supervisory Union 802-695-3373
Granby Central School 802-328-4891

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").

East Haven Ferdinand
Granby Maidstone
Victory Guildhall


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
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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