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Old Congregational Church
Reputed to be the most photographed
church in the US.

Photo by Matt Wills

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About Lunenburg, Vermont

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Essex County
Chartered: July 5, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 29,124 Acres = 45.51 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 59* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 28' W 71°41'
Altitude: 1,172 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,302 [ Population Rank: 116* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 28.6 [ Density Rank: 144* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

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

As with nearby Brunswick and Ferdinand, Lunenberg was named in honor of the victor at Minden in the Seven Years War, Prince Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand of Brunswick-Lüneburg, as part of Benning Wentworth's ongoing but unsuccessful efforts to win favor with George III.

The Old Congregational Church (pictured above) is said to be the most photographed church in the US (though Townshend makes the same claim).

The village of Gilman records an American success story that is somewhat unusual in Vermont. Isaac Gilman was born to poverty in a Russian village, came to New York City in the 1880's, and later founded the Gilman Paper Company. At some time he acquired an interest in a company in what was then Lunenburg's village of Fitzdale. By 1907 that company was in financial difficulties, whereupon Gilman took it over and converted it to the manufacture of what was then a new product: Kraft paper. Making a success of the new venture, Gilman settled down in the village and, according to the local story, became a favorite son. It is said that he, in turn, became so fond of the people in his adopted community that he built two churches, one for the Roman Catholics and one for the Protestants, but no synagogue, since he was the only Jew in town. In 1921 the village changed its name from Fitzdale to Gilman in his honor.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Lunenburg
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Top of the Common Committee
Our function is to restore and preserve the historic buildings at the top of Lunenburg's town common and raise funds to accomplish this. 802-892-6654.

Lunenburg Historical Society

Covered Bridge (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Mount Orne     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Essex County.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury) 802-748-8141
Town Clerk:  Patricia Scott PO Box 53 Lunenburg, VT 05906
 802 892 5959
 M-F 8:30-12 & 1:30-3

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Roman Catholic : St. Leo
United Methodist : Northeast Kingdom UMC (May-August) (Gilman) 802-892-5907
United Methodist : Northeast Kingdom UMC (September-December) 802-892-5907

Neighboring Towns

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").

Victory Granby
Lunenburg Guildhall
New Hampshire
Concord New Hampshire


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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    January 13, 2017