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About Montgomery, Vermont
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Franklin County
Chartered: October 8, 1789 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 36,472 Acres = 56.99 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 16* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 54' W 72°38'
Altitude: 492 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,201 [ Population Rank: 160* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 21.1 [ Density Rank: 203* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Montgomery's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Chartered to 60 associates, including no less than thirteen ministers, one woman (quite unusual) and Ira Allen. It may well have been at Allen's suggestion that the town was named for General Richard Montgomery (1738-75), who jointly with Benedict Arnold had commanded the Quebec expedition in the late fall and winter of 1775. Allen was one of the two officers who led an attack on Cape Diamond above Quebec at Montgomery's orders on the last day of the year, just before Montgomery was killed while leading the main attack on the city.

Richard Montgomery was born at Swords, County Dublin, Ireland. Educated at St. Andrews and Trinity College (Dublin), he became a professional soldier, serving in the French and Indian wars with the British regular forces. In 1772 he sold his commission, retired from the army, and settled in Dutchess County, New York. He married the daughter of Robert R. Livingston Sr., who was the first chairman of the New York Committee of Correspondence and the author of the address the Stamp Act Congress presented to the king.

Montgomery was fully in sympathy with the colonial cause. In 1775 he was made a brigadier general in the Continental Army and placed second in command of the Canadian expedition under General Philip Schuyler. When Schuyler became ill, Montgomery assumed full command of the forces that captured Forts Chambly and St. John, as well as Montreal. Vermonters who served under Montgomery found him as agreeable as they often found his colleague Benedict Arnold to be disagreeable, probably because Montgomery seems to have taken the attitude that he was a leader, while Arnold insisted on being a commander.

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

Hazen's Notch Association
A non-profit, member-supported conservation, environmental education & recreation organization offering environmental education programs for schools, a Summer Camp for children and a network of 40 miles of trails for hiking, cross country skiing & snowshoeing.

Montgomery Historical Society

Covered Bridges (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Comstock      Fuller      Hectorville      Hutchins      Longley      West Hill     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Franklin County.

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans) 802-524-5911
Town Clerk:  Renee Patterson PO Box 356 Montgomery Center, VT 05471
 802-326-4719
 M 8-12 and 1-6; T Th F 8-12 and 1-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Roman Catholic : St. Isidore
United Methodist : Montgomery UMC 802-527-7428

Schools
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Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union 802-848-7661
Montgomery Elementary School 802-326-4618

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").

Richford Jay
Enosburgh Montgomery
Westfield
Bakersfield
Belvidere Eden Lowell

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 Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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