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About Plymouth, Vermont

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Windsor County
Chartered: July 6, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 31,118 Acres = 48.62 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 37* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 32' W 72°44'
Altitude: 1,217 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 619 [ Population Rank: 209* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 12.7 [ Density Rank: 224* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Plymouth's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Named Saltash in the charter, changed to Plymouth on in 1797 by the Vermont legislature.

The original name derived from the municipal borough of Saltash, Cornwall, England. According to English place-name authorities, that community originally was named merely Ash, and derived from the presence of ash trees; then in the 13th or 14th Century Salt was added, probably to note either the presence of a salt works or the fact that the community was located on the estuary of the River Tamar, where the water is salt. At the time Benning Wentworth created Saltash in the Grants, George Clinton, who had been governor of New York from 1743 to 1753, represented Saltash, Cornwall, in parliament. As it happened, George Clinton died just four days after Saltash was granted, so he could never have heard about the honor Wentworth tried to pay him.

It is not known why the people of Saltash in Vermont wanted their town renamed. Generally it has been assumed that Plymouth was chosen because Plymouth in Massachusetts was the place the Pilgrims had established their first permanent settlement. However, they obviously knew their English geography, too, because Plymouth in England is directly across the Tamar estuary from Saltash.

The only place in Plymouth, Vermont, where the Saltash name has survived is in the name of the town's highest peak, Saltash Mountain, which is well over 3,000 feet high.

Plymouth was the birthplace of US President Calvin Coolidge.

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

Camp Plymouth State Park

Coolidge State Park

Plymouth Historical Society

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Birthplace (1892); sworn in as 30th President in family homestead; buried in village cemetery. Route 100A, Daily, 9:30-5 pm, Admission, 802-672-3773.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Hanover, NH) 603-650-5000
Town Clerk:  Sandy Small 68 Town Office Rd Plymouth, VT 05056
 M-Th 8-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (Tyson)


Rutland Windsor Supervisory Union 802-228-8359
Plymouth Elementary School 802-672-3666

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").

Killington Bridgewater
Shrewsbury Reading
Mount Holly Ludlow Cavendish


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 Ludlow Electric Department 802-228-7766
    Telephone TDS Telecom 888-225-5837
    Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049

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    January 13, 2017