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"Downtown" Putney
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About Putney, Vermont

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Windham County
Chartered: December 26, 1753 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 17,085 Acres = 26.7 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 209* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 42° 58' W 72°32'
Altitude: 580 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,702 [ Population Rank: 67* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 101.2 [ Density Rank: 40* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Putney's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Putney is not known to be a surname, rather a place-name in England. There's a Putney in Surrey, and Putney Heath (a 17th Century haunt of highwaymen) in Westminster. Both Putney and Westminster are part of Greater London today, but in Benning Wentworth's time, they (along with Fulham) were separate and distinct towns along the Thames.

All of that said to say this: to the north, Wentworth named Westminster, and to the south, Fullum (Fulham), which is now Dummerston. Thus, it is no great stretch to see that he named these three adjoining towns on the Connecticut River after three adjoining towns on the Thames.

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

Historical Society of Windham County

Putney Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Bellows Falls) 802-463-3903
Town Clerk:  Anita Coomes PO Box 233 Putney, VT 05346
 M W Th F 9-2; S 9-12

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Roman Catholic : Our Lady of Mercy
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Windham Southeast Supervisory Union 802-254-3731
Greenwood School and Greenwood Institute 802-387-4545
Putney Central School 802-387-5521
The Grammar School 802-387-5364
The Putney School 802-387-6219

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").

Brookline New Hampshire


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 Southern Vermont Cable 800-544-5931
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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