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About Londonderry, Vermont
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Windham County
Chartered: April 20, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 23,018 Acres = 35.97 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 176* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 13' W 72°48'
Altitude: 1,100 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,769 [ Population Rank: 95* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 49.2 [ Density Rank: 92* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

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

Londonderry and neighboring Windham were first established by New York Patent in 1770 as a single town, named Kent for a cousin of King George. James Rogers, one of the original petitioners, gained title to all of the land within a week of the patent. He returned to his native Londonderry, New Hampshire and sold some of the land to friends and neighbors.

Despite what had appeared to be leanings in favor of the Colonists' cause, he joined Burgoyne's army and fought for the Crown during the Revolution. After the war, Vermont confiscated his property, an action which placed the validity of the earlier sales of Kent land in question.

The landowners petitioned to be allowed to keep their property: not only were they occupying and working the lands, but to a man had taken the Colonists' side during the Revolution. The Vermont Legislature granted the petition, the one stipulation being that the name Kent be abandoned. They chose to rename it after their former New Hampshire home.

One odd event that seems to lack any documented explanation is that Londonderry, Vermont was split into the present-day towns of Londonderry and Windham, shortly after an identical occurrence in New Hampshire.

The use of the name "Londonderry" in the Colonies can be traced back to a group of Protestants who, in 1650, fled persecution in Scotland and settled in and near Londonderry, Ireland. In 1722, a group of their descendants brought to the Colonies three things: the potato, their considerable skill in raising, spinning and weaving flax into linen, and the name for their new home in southern New Hampshire.

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

Lowell Lake State Park

Historical Society of Windham County

Londonderry Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Grace Cottage Hospital (Townshend) 802-365-7676
Town Clerk:  James H. Twitchell PO Box 118 So Londonderry, VT 05155
 802-824-3356
 T-F 9-3; Sat. 9-12

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Roman Catholic : St. Joseph
United Church of Christ : Second Congregational Church of Londonderry

Schools
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Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union 802-875-3365
Flood Brook Union School 802-824-6979

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").

Landgrove Weston Andover
Londonderry
Peru Windham
Winhall Jamaica

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

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