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About Northfield, Vermont

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Washington County
Chartered: August 10, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 28,686 Acres = 44.82 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 66* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 09' W 72°39'
Altitude: 735 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 6,207 [ Population Rank: 21* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 138.5 [ Density Rank: 30* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Northfield's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Probably named for Northfield, Massachusetts, many of the proprietors having come from that area. That town, in turn, was so named because it was the northernmost town in the colony when it was created.

The Dog River almost exactly bisects the town on its way to the join the Winooski. It is said to be so named because a hunter set a trap for a bear and caught his own dog instead.

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

Northfield Historical Society

Norwich University
The Oldest Private Military College in the US. Founded by Captain Alden Partridge in 1819 as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy at Norwich, Vermont, the University was relocated to Northfield in 1866. Partridge's innovative curriculum combined military, practical, scientific and liberal instruction. Guided by his educational principles, Norwich University pioneered in offering civil engineering, physical education and experiential learning and was one of the first institutions to offer instruction in agriculture, modern languages and political-economy. The Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 and the 1916 legislation which created the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are extensions of Partridge's theories of education.

Covered Bridges (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Moseley      Second      Slaughter House      Station      Third     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Washington County.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) 802-229-9121
Town Clerk:  Kim Pedley 51 S Main St Northfield, VT 05663
 M-F 8-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Baptist : Good News Baptist 802-485-4207
Episcopal : St. Mary 802-485-8221
Nondenominational : Grace Church 802-485-7866
Nondenominational : Northfield Bible Fellowship 802-485-9411
Roman Catholic : St. John the Evangelist
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Mackenzie Memorial UMC 802-485-8207
United Methodist : Northfield Falls Parish UMC 802-485-3981
United Methodist : Northfield Parish UMC 802-485-3981


Washington South Supervisory Union 802-485-7755
Northfield Elementary School 802-485-6161
Northfield Middle/High School 802-485-5751
Norwich University

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").

Moretown Berlin
Waitsfield Northfield
Warren Roxbury Brookfield


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 Trans-Video 802-485-3811
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Electric Northfield Electric Department 802-485-5411
    Electric Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001
    Telephone TDS Telecom 888-225-5837

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