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About Pawlet, Vermont

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Rutland County
Chartered: August 26, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 27,539 Acres = 43.03 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 88* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 21' W 73°11'
Altitude: 690 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,477 [ Population Rank: 113* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 34.3 [ Density Rank: 128* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Pawlet's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Pawlet was the first of three towns to be granted to the men from Nine Partners (now Amenia), New York. Like the other two, Danby and Harwich (now Mount Tabor), the name of the town derived from the British peerage.

The Paulet family (sometimes Powlett, Pawlet, or Poulet) had been prominent since the time of Henry VIII, when William Paulet was created first Marquis of Winchester. Later members of the family were also dukes of Bolton. Charles Paulet (1685-1754), the third Duke, is usually suggested as the source for the name of Pawlet (and also Bolton), because Benning Wentworth had already named Winchester, New Hampshire for him. However, when Pawlet was granted, another Charles Paulet (1718-65) was the fifth Duke of Bolton; while he was far less notable than the third Duke, Wentworth may have been thinking of him.

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

Pawlet Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Debra Hawkins PO Box 128 Pawlet, VT 05761
 M W 8:30-3:30; T 11-6; Th 9-12

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Roman Catholic : St. Frances Cabrini
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Pawlet UMC


Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union 802-362-2452
Mettawee Community School 802-645-9009

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").

Wells Tinmouth
New York Danby
Rupert Dorset


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
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001
    Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049

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