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About Moretown, Vermont

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Washington County
Chartered: June 7, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 25,743 Acres = 40.22 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 113* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 15' W 72°45'
Altitude: 500 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,658 [ Population Rank: 102* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 41.2 [ Density Rank: 108* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Moretown's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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A certain story about the town's name has been repeated many times by historians who otherwise have been considered reliable:

When the state was surveyed and parceled out into towns, the men responsible for the job laid out all of their surveys and found there was a chunk of land in the middle that was not accounted for. One of them said, "My God, more town!"

Whoever thought up that story did not know his history very well; he should have known the town was named in the original grant, long before the state was surveyed. The true origin of the name is a matter for conjecture, partly because atlases of English-speaking nations show no record of any other town with this name. However, there is a tiny hamlet in England, about twenty miles northeast of London, that is called Moreton. Benning Wentworth might have had some reason for thinking of this place, which even today is surrounded by little villages with lovely names: Little End, Nine Ashes and Fiddler's Hamlet.

Another possibility exists. Among the grantees of Moretown there were two men named Morehouse: Daniel and James (other members of the Morehouse family were named in other grants issued about the same time). Perhaps the family had asked for Morehousetown, and Wentworth, feeling that name was too unwieldy, shortened it to Moretown.

Settlement was late and light. The largest population was recorded in 1840, when there were just over 1,400 inhabitants. The population has declined steadily ever since, even though the ski season brings in large numbers of sport-minded visitors.

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

Moretown Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) 802-229-9121
Town Clerk:  Cherilyn Brown 79 School St Moretown, VT 05660
 M-F 7-3

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Roman Catholic : St. Patrick
United Methodist : Moretown UMC 802-496-8934


Washington West Supervisory Union 802-496-2272
Moretown Elementary School 802-496-3742

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").

Waterbury Middlesex
Duxbury Moretown
Fayston Berlin
Waitsfield Northfield


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 Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001
    Telephone TDS Telecom 888-225-5837
    Telephone Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom 802-496-3391

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    January 13, 2017