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About Mount Holly, Vermont

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Rutland County
Chartered: October 31, 1792 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Area: 31,241 Acres = 48.81 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 36* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 27' W 72°50'
Altitude: 1,540 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,237 [ Population Rank: 125* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 25.3 [ Density Rank: 164* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Mount Holly'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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There once was a leftover wedge of land between Wallingford and Ludlow, granted in 1781 to Abraham Jackson and 29 others. inclusing 6 other Jacksons. There was a stipulation in the grant that Jackson Gore, as it was known, was to be part of Wallingford.

The association was apparently not a happy one, because ten years later, residents of the gore, along with some neighbors in Wallingford and Ludlow petitioned the Legislature for a town of their own. The request was met, and Mount Holly is the result.

There is no real explanation for the name. Taken on face value, the "Mount" part is relatively simple, the town being surrounded by mountains, making it sensible to create a separate town. "Holly" may have been just a word the residents found pleasant-sounding. Another possibility, slim though it may be, relates to the earliest settlers of the area having been Quakers. In 1676, the sect had purchased land in New Jersey and named it Mount Holly. The name of Vermont's town may have been a remembrance of one of the group's first sanctuaries in the US.

Never having a population of more than 1,600 (1870). the town has more named villages than many others twice the size. Once known as Mechanicsville for the large number of mills and manufacturing concerns there, the most central village is now known as Belmont. Bowlsville is so named for a factory that once made wooden bowls; Goodellville is named for the J.A.Goodell sawmill and chair factory; Healdville is named the village's first postmaster; Hortonville (sometimes just Horton) is for some half-dozen familes by that name in the immediate area (there was also a Hortonville in Hubbardton, renamed Hortonia in 1963 to end long-standing confusion between the two). Tarbellville is named for Marshall Tarbell, who owned a cheese plant, a sawmill and a blacksmith shop in addition to the largest rake factory in New England at the time.

A location between Healdville and the village of Mount Holly known as Summit (sometimes Summit Station) is where the final spike was driven into the Central Vermont Railway line linking Burlington and Boston.

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

Mount Holly Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Susan Covalla PO Box 248 Mount Holly, VT 05758
 M-Th 8:30-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Roman Catholic : St. Mary


Rutland Windsor Supervisory Union 802-228-8359
Mount Holly Elementary School 802-259-2392

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").

Shrewsbury Plymouth
Mount Holly
Wallingford Ludlow
Mount Tabor Weston Andover


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
    Electric Ludlow Electric Department 802-228-7766
    Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049

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