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About Richford, Vermont
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Franklin County
Chartered: August 21, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 27,673 Acres = 43.24 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 84* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 45° 00' W 72°40'
Altitude: 477 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,308 [ Population Rank: 75* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 53.4 [ Density Rank: 80* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Richford's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Richford was one of several towns (others being Berkshire, Enosburgh, Montgomery, Wyllis (now Jay) and Westfield) granted by the fledgling Republic of Vermont as a means of raising money to support her troops (the Continental Congress had refused to help). At £8 each, the proprietors of the new town, mostly Connecticut residents, provided £480 towards the Revolution (over $27 Million in today's dollars).

Neither in England nor in New England is there another Richford after which this Vermont town could have been named. It is thus presumed to be a "made" name, probably intended to convey an image of fertile lands which would be attractive to prospective buyers and settlers (early settlers, struggling to survive, often called it "Poorford"). There are, however, two other Richfords in the US, in New York and Wisconsin. By strange coincidence (there is no discernible connection), Richford, New York is adjacent to a town named Berkshire, as is this Vermont town.

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

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

Misissquoi Valley Rail Trail
Northern terminus of a 26-mile all-season recreation path which largely parallels Route 105 and the Missisquoi River as it passes through six towns, ending just inside the City of St. Albans. The packed gravel surface is suitable for walking or biking (wide tires are recommended) and XC skiing in winter. Closed to motorized vehicles except in winter. Easy access to refreshments at several points. As of the Fall of 2002, the trail is complete for its entire length, with the replacement of the collapsed segment of the former rail bridge at Sheldon Junction.

Richford Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans) 802-524-5911
Town Clerk:  Alan Fletcher PO Box 236 Richford, VT 05476
 802-848-7751
 M T Th F 8-12 & 12:30-3:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Baptist : First Baptist 802-848-3635
Episcopal : St. Ann 802-933-2406
Roman Catholic : All Saints 802-848-7741
United Methodist : Richford UMC 802-848-7484

Schools
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Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union 802-848-7661
Richford Elementary School 802-848-7453
Richford Junior/Senior High School 802-848-7416

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").

Quebec, Canada
Richford
Berkshire Jay
Enosburgh Montgomery Westfield

Businesses & Services
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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).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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