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About Killington, Vermont
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Rutland County
Chartered: July 7, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 30,488 Acres = 47.64 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 43* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 40' W 72°46'
Altitude: 1,240 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 811 [ Population Rank: 148* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 17 [ Density Rank: 177* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Killington's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Killington has come full circle.

It is thought to have been named for Killington, Northumberland, England, but nobody knows exactly why. Most of the proprietors being Connecticut residents, early meetings were held there. Early records were in the hand of Ezra Stiles, a Yale graduate and one of the founders of Brown University, considered the most learned man of his time in New England.

In 1800 Killington was renamed Sherburne in honor of Colonel Benjamin Sherburne, one of the original grantees. The mostly mountainous terrain was hardly in demand for farming, lending itself more to logging. Then, another use for mountainsides was discovered.

Needless to say, skiing is of primary interest here, not only in terms of local prosperity but also of identity. Because of the popularity of Killington Resort, the town itself had long been identified as "Killington" (especially by skiers), regardless of its real name. So much confusion was experienced by people looking for Killington (not realizing that they actually wanted Sherburne) that residents voted in 1999 to revert to the town's original name.

It was officially denied that the resort exerted any pressure to make the change, but you can be guaranteed there will always be those who will not hesitate to let you know how gullible you are if you believe it (just bring up the subject over coffee at any local hangout within 30 miles).

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

Gifford Woods State Park

Sherburne Historians

Sherburne Memorial Library
A busy place, popular with locals and vacationers alike. 802-422-9765

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Lucrecia Wonsor PO Box 429 Killington, VT 05751
 802-422-3243
 M-F 9-3

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Episcopal : Church of Our Saviour 802-422-9064
Roman Catholic : Our Lady of the Mountains
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ

Schools
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Windsor Central Supervisory Union 802-457-1213
Sherburne Elementary School 802-422-3366

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").

Chittenden Pittsfield Stockbridge
Killington
Mendon Bridgewater
Mendon Mendon Plymouth

Places To Stay
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Killington-Pico Motor Inn

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
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001
    Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049

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