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About Landgrove, Vermont
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Bennington County
Chartered: November 9, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 5,692 Acres = 8.89 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 244* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 17' W 72°51'
Altitude: 1,360 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 158 [ Population Rank: 239* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 17.8 [ Density Rank: 208* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Landgrove's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Landgrove is unusual in that it was chartered to people who already lived there. In 1769 William Utley, his son Asa, and their families settled in what they thought was the town of Bromley (now Peru). In time they discovered that they had settled in a gore of unchartered land between Bromley on the west and Weston and Londonderry on the east. Up to that time it had been assumed that Bromley abutted Weston and Londonderry.

This left the Utleys living in a no-man's-land, so in 1780 twenty-two individuals (ten of them named Utley) petitioned for and were given about 6,000 acres. The shape of the town is unique: it resembles an upright hatchet, with the blade pointing due east to Weston and the handle standing between Peru and Londonderry.

Neither the settlers' nor the legislature's records give any indication of the origin of the name Landgrove. One can guess that is a "made" name, with the legislative action, which gave the title, suggesting "land," and "grove" deriving from the trees which covered the land when the grantees first saw it.

Landgrove grew quite rapidly in the early years of the 19th Century, and reached its peak population of almost 400 people in 1830. By the 1930's Landgrove seemed to be on its way to becoming a ghost town like Glastenbury, Somerset and some of the towns in the Northeast Kingdom (a term generally credited to the late George Aiken, former Vermont Governor and US Senator, describing the still very rural area comprised of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia counties in a 1949 speech. The name stuck). Largely through the efforts of one Samuel Ogden, new residents were attracted to the town, and it has been revitalized.

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

Landgrove Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Grace Cottage Hospital (Townshend) 802-365-7676
Town Clerk:  Sarah Ishu PO Box 508 Londonderry, VT 05148
 802-824-3716
 Th 9-1

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").

Mount Tabor Weston
Landgrove
Peru
Winhall Londonderry

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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