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About Jamaica, Vermont
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Windham County
Chartered: November 7, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 31,670 Acres = 49.48 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 31* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 06' W 72°47'
Altitude: 688 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,035 [ Population Rank: 169* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 20.9 [ Density Rank: 197* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Jamaica's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Settled near the confluence of the scenic West River and Ball Mountain Brook, Jamaica has maintained the charm and character of Vermont. Hiking trails and back roads intersect the village center, where a leisurely pace and casual atmosphere beckon visitors to slow down and enjoy the day. The natural beauty of the rivers and mountains, recreation and a glimpse of life is offered. And, after all, isn't this really why you come to Vermont?

No, there is no Caribbean connection. Jamaica is one of only two civic entities in Vermont whose modern name is derived from a Native place name, in this case the Natick word for "beaver" (see also Winooski).

The list of men to whom Jamaica was chartered reads like a Who's Who of Vermont's Founding Fathers, most prominent being Thomas Chittenden, our first Governor, not just for being first on the list, but also for having signed the grant himself. Apparently, the concept of government officials not deriving personal benefit from their official actions had not developed yet.

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

Jamaica State Park

Historical Society of Windham County

Jamaica Historical Foundation

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Grace Cottage Hospital (Townshend) 802-365-7676
Town Clerk:  Pat Meulemans PO Box 173 Jamaica, VT 05343
 802-874-4681
 M-Th 9-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ

Schools
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Windham Central Supervisory Union 802-348-6801
Jamaica Village School 802-874-4822

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").

Londonderry Windham
Winhall Jamaica
Townshend
Stratton
Wardsboro

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
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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