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The Old Meeting House
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About Rockingham, Vermont

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Windham County
Including: Bellows Falls, Saxtons River
Chartered: December 28, 1752 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 26,948 Acres = 42.11 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 96* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 11' W 72°29'
Altitude: 320 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 5,282 [ Population Rank: 23* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 125.4 [ Density Rank: 31* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

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

Rockingham is named for Benning Wentworth's relative, Charles Watson-Wentworth, who succeeded his father as Marquis of Rockingham. Despite a preference for being a country gentleman and sportsman, he felt an obligation to an active role in government: over thirty crucial years, he was twice Prime Minister and held almost every other post of consequence. In this country he is remembered for having secured the repeal of the Stamp Act, and for proposing that the American Colonies be granted their independence.

Rockingham village was, at one time, an important place, being centrally located in the town and the site of the town's offices. As the town grew, more and more businesses chose to locate in Bellows Falls, its location on the Connecticut River providing for easier transportation. With the coming of the railroad through Bellows Falls, the post office at Rockingham closed, and no office has used the town's name since. This confuses many, thinking that Bellows Falls is a town, when it is actually a village in Rockingham town; confusion is furthered when no village of Rockingham can be found, except for the Meeting House (pictured above) and cemetery marking its former location on the hilltop overlooking Route 103.

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

Historical Society of Windham County

Old Meeting House
pictured above, built in 1787, used for both public meetings and church services.

Rockingham Meeting House Association

Covered Bridges (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Bartonsville      Hall      Victorian Village      Worral     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Windham County.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Bellows Falls) 802-463-3903
Town Clerk:  Kathlean Neathawk PO Box 339 Bellows Falls, VT 05101
 M-F 8:30-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (Saxtons River)


Windham Northeast Supervisory Union 802-463-9958
Bellows Falls Middle School 802-463-4366
Bellows Falls Union High School 802-463-3944
Central Elementary School 802-463-4346
Cherry Hill Elementary School 802-463-4207
Saxtons River Elementary School 802-869-2637

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").

Chester Springfield
Grafton New Hampshire
Brookline Westminster


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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    January 13, 2017