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About Rutland Town, Vermont
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Rutland County
Chartered: September 7, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 12,531 Acres = 19.58 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 229* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 46' W 72°59'
Altitude: 540 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 4,054 [ Population Rank: 37* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 207 [ Density Rank: 19* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Rutland Town's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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One of thirteen towns which Benning Wentworth granted during September 1761. Seven of the thirteen are in Rutland County, but probably neither Wentworth nor the proprietors realized that Rutland town would prove to be the best of them all. The good farm land, which had interested the proprietors, was attractive to settlers, and the topography was favorable for highway and railroad building, so quite early the town got good transportation facilities. Marble was discovered in the area, just about the time the famed quarries of Carrara, Italy, became largely unworkable be cause of their extreme depth. Rutland in Worcester County, Massachusetts, the home town of the first named grantee, John Murray (sometimes Murrey), is always given as the source for the Vermont town's name. But, in addition, it is quite probable that Wentworth had a British peer in mind, as he often did.

John Manners (1696-79), the third Duke of Rutland, in Horace Walpole's words was "a gentleman of great worth and goodness" and "an ornament to the peerage of England." He was descended from one of the great families of the Glorious Revolution, and held many positions of importance throughout his long life. He outlived his son, another John Manners (1721-70), who was styled Marquis of Granby and who was commander-in-chief of British armed forces in Europe during the last of the Seven Years War. The third Duke of Rutland had the honor of bearing the Queen's scepter at the coronations of both George II and George III, the latter event having occurred the year before Wentworth granted Rutland.

Rutland town grew very rapidly from 3,715 people in 1850 to 12,149 in 1880. During that period the marble business had boomed, but other spheres of endeavor also flourished. Various interest groups could see that there might be advantages to be gained by dividing the town. So, in 1886 several changes were made. About 4,000 acres were taken from Rutland and Pittsford to create the town of Proctor. Another new town was created by splitting off approximately 9,500 acres from the west side of Rutland, and named West Rutland.

At the same time Proctor and West Rutland were created, the village of Rutland was incorporated to give it partly independent status. Six years later, in 1892, it was made a wholly independent city.

After the division was accomplished, the town of Rutland was left with about half the acreage it had when it was chartered, and only a fraction of the population that it had in 1880.

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

Covered Bridge (With Google Maps and satellite images):
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Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Marie K. Hyjek PO Box 225 Center Rutland, VT 05736
 802-773-2528
 M-F 8-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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: Vermont Christian Riders - T.E.A.M.- Motorcyclists For Jesus Ministries 802-483-2540
Assemblies of God : Roadside Chapel 802-775-5805
Baptist : First Baptist Church 802-773-8010
Baptist : Homestead Baptist Church 802-747-1448
Bible Churches : Calvary Bible Church 802-775-0358
Christian & Missionary Alliance : Alliance Community Fellowship 802-773-3613
Congregational : Grace Congregational 802-775-4301
Episcopal : Trinity Episcopal 802-775-4368
Jehovah's Witness : Kingdom Hall 802-775-6721
Jewish : Rutland Jewish Center 802-773-3455
Lutheran : Good Shepherd 802-773-9659
Lutheran : Messiah LCMS 802-775-0231
Nondenominational : New Hope in Christ Fellowship 802-773-2725
Nondenominational : Wellspring Of Life Christian Center 802-773-5991
Seventh Day Adventist : 802-775-3178
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (West Rutland)

Schools
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Rutland Central Supervisory Union 802-775-4342
Rutland Town Elementary School 802-775-0566

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").

Proctor Pittsford Chittenden
Rutland Town
(Surrounding Rutland)
West Rutland Mendon
Clarendon

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 Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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