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About Milton, Vermont
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Chittenden County
Chartered: June 8, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 39,028 Acres = 60.98 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 10* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 38' W 72°06'
Altitude: 320 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 10,352 [ Population Rank: 9* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 169.8 [ Density Rank: 26* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Milton's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

The popular claim that Milton is named for the blind English poet does not fit Benning Wentworth's frame of reference very well. He was much more impressed with the wealth and political power of the peerage than with literary figures. In this case, the connection is more likely to one of his own distant relatives by marriage: William Fitzwilliam, First Earl Fitzwilliam and Viscount Milton, husband of Lady Anne Wentworth. Though the Earl had died young, one of his sons was expected to have enormous political power. As usual, Wentworth lost out in his efforts to gain title: he was already dead by the time young Fitzwilliam graduated Oxford.

For the most part, Milton is one of Burlington's bedroom communities, though an effort is underway to attract businesses to an industrial park on the site of the former Catamount Stadium, for many years the only place to be on a Saturday night if you were a stock car racing fan.

In 1890 a Post Office was opened at what had always been known locally as Checkerberry Village, named for an evergreen plant and its spicy red berries which grew abundantly in the area. Postal authorities, however, in a classic example of knowing what's best over the objections of the locals, insisted on calling it Milton Center. Six years later, the office closed for lack of business and the locals went right back to being called Checkerberry.

Old maps depict Snake or Rattlesnake Mountain on the town's northern line, names long since dropped in favor of the more pleasing Arrowhead Mountain, appropriate due to the presence in the town of an ancient Native flint quarry.

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

Sand Bar State Park

Chittenden County Historical Society

Milton Museum

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-893-6171
Hospital: Fletcher-Allen Health Care (Burlington) 802-847-0000
Town Clerk:  John Cushing PO Box 18 Milton, VT 05468
 802-893-4111
 M-F 8-5

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Assemblies of God : Cornerstone Community Church AG 802-893-1481
Baptist : Harvest Baptist Church 802-893-0713
Roman Catholic : St. Ann
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : United Church Of Milton 802-893-4388

Schools
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Milton Town School District 802-893-3210
Milton Elementary School 802-893-3215
Milton High School 802-893-3230
Milton Junior High School 802-893-3230

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").

Grand Isle Georgia
Milton Fairfax
South Hero Westford
Colchester Essex

Businesses & Services
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Rocheleau Appraisal
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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
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Natural Gas Vermont Gas Systems 802-863-4511
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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