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Caledonia County
Chartered: August 15, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 23,833 Acres = 37.24 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 166* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 41' W 71°57'
Altitude: 1,738 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 581 [ Population Rank: 214* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 15.6 [ Density Rank: 220* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Newark's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Granted to Colonel William Wall and a group of people who were included in charters for other towns in the county. Some of the grantees had also received land in the Lyndon charter, issued the previous autumn.

Newark is one of the few towns in Vermont about whose name nothing at all is known. It has generally been assumed that it was named for one of England's Newarks, the best known of which is in Nottinghamshire, where the name means "a new work" (i.e., a new fort or new building). Vermont's Newark is antedated by Newark, New Jersey, where it is thought the name is derived directly from the Biblical "New Ark," meaning a new project or new undertaking. However, no evidence has been found to link the grantees of Newark, Vermont, with any other Newark, so perhaps it can be assumed that they were using the name the same way the New Jersey settlers did, referring to their town as the place of a new undertaking.

Remote from main roads at first and later from the railroad, Newark was slow to acquire population, and never did get many residents. The census of 1880 recorded 679 people in the town, and from then on the population has more or less steadily declined. The land is rough and uneven, with many hills and little farmland. Thus, logging and maple sugaring have always been the biggest crops.

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

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

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury) 802-748-8141
Town Clerk:  Joan Bicknell 1336 Newark St. Newark, VT 05871
 802-467-3336
 M W Th 9-4

Schools
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Caledonia North Supervisory Union 802-626-6100
Newark Street School 802-467-3401

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").

Westmore Brighton
Newark
Ferdinand
Sutton Burke East Haven

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).
    Electric Lyndonville Electric Dept. 802-626-3366
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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