About Ludlow, Vermont
Chartered: September 16, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 23,050 Acres = 36.02 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 175* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 24′ W 72°42′
Altitude: 1,067 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,963 [ Population Rank: 73* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 54.5 [ Density Rank: 65* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State
*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Ludlow’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.
There is no clear trail by which to determine the origin of the name, but given Benning Wentworth’s propensity for naming towns for members of the peerage, the tremendously wealthy Viscount Ludlow is a very good possibility. Some place-name afficianados say it is for Ludlow, Massachusetts; others for Ludlow, Shropshire, England, where the word derives from “hill by the rapid”, which would also fit.
The village of Ludlow, well developed before anyone thought of skiing on Ludlow Mountain, has retained its New England charm. There are many wonderful examples of earlier architectural styles.
Ludlow Mountain officially has been renamed Okemo. That name, too, is of uncertain origin. In Chippewa, it means “chieftain”, preferable to a considerably less complimentary Abnaki word.
Activities & Points of Interest
Goings-on in and near Ludlow
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.
Black River Academy Museum
Operated by the Black River Historical Society, and dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of the Black River Valley. The museum’s collections and archives give us a look into the lives of the town’s early settlers. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Admission is free, contributions accepted.
Plymouth Notch Historic District
North of Route 100 on Route 100A is a rural Vermont village preserved virtually unchanged since the turn of the century. The birthplace and boyhood home of President Calvin Coolidge, neighboring homes, church, cheese factory, one-room schoolhouse and general store have been preserved with many of their original furnishings. Coolidge is buried in the cemetery here. Open daily from late May to mid October. There is a small admission fee for adults, children under 14 are free. 802-672-3773.
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-228-4411
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk: Ulla Cook PO Box 307 Ludlow, VT 05149
Churches, Ministries, Charitables
Congregational/Methodist : United Church of Ludlow 802-228-4211
Roman Catholic : Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Old Stone Church 802-228-8259
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”).
Places To Stay
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
Electric Ludlow Electric Department 802-228-7766
Telephone TDS Telecom 888-225-5837