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About Irasburg, Vermont
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Orleans County
Chartered: February 23, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 26,095 Acres = 40.77 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 108* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 48' W 72°17'
Altitude: 814 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,163 [ Population Rank: 151* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 28.5 [ Density Rank: 159* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Irasburg'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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One of three Vermont towns named for Ira Allen, the principal grantee (Ira in Rutland County and Alburgh in Grand Isle County being the others). Also named as grantees are General Roger Enos, Sr., his wife, Jerusha, Sr., son Roger, Jr. and daughter Jerusha, Jr., who later became Allen's wife. This charter is one of the few places in Vermont where women are listed as grantees in their own right; unique also is the use of Sr. and Jr. to identify mother and daughter of the same name.

Fairly soon after the charter, Allen acquired all of the other grantees' lands. Stories that Allen had filled up the required number of grantees with false names and that he "bought" the claims from himself are simply not true: most of the names listed in the charter are people known to be friends of either the Enos or Allen families or later listed in the 1790 census as living in other Vermont towns.

Ira and the younger Jerusha were married in 1789. He wrote to his brother Levi: "I have married my favorite Miss Enos and brought her home." As a wedding present, he transferred title to all of Irasburg to her. In later years, Jerusha said that at the time Ira gave her the town, she didn't think it was "worth a rush."

Irasburg was caught up in Ira's financial disaster and all of Jerusha's land was sold at sheriff's auction for back taxes. Ira's nephew and adopted son Heman bought the land and gave it back to Jerusha.

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

Orleans County Historical Society

Covered Bridges (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Lord's Creek      Orne     
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Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: North Country Hospital & Health Care (Newport) 802-334-7331
Town Clerk:  Danielle Ingalls PO Box 51 Irasburg, VT 05845
 802-754-2242
 M-Th 9-3

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Nondenominational : Grace Brethren Church 802-754-2363
Nondenominational : United Church of Irasburg 802-754-8448
Roman Catholic : St. John Vianney
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ

Schools
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Orleans Central Supervisory Union 802-754-6945
Irasburg Village School 802-754-8810

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").

Newport Town Coventry
Irasburg Brownington
Lowell
Albany Barton

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 Orleans Utility Department 802-754-8584
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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