About South Hero, Vermont
Grand Isle County
Chartered: October 27, 1779 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 29,710 Acres = 46.42 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 49* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 39′ W 73°18′
Altitude: 240 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,631 [ Population Rank: 96* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 35.1 [ Density Rank: 116* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State
*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to South Hero’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.
One of four towns comprising Vermont’s “Lake Champlain Islands.”
Originally, South Hero, North Hero and Grand Isle were granted to Ethan Allen, Samuel Herrick and 363 other Revolutionary War veterans as a single town known as Two Heroes. Hamilton Child’s 1883 Gazetteer of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties says the name referred to Ethan and his brother Ira. However, Ethan and Herrick are named first in the grant, while Ira is considerably down the list after Jonas Fay, Thomas Chittenden and other founding fathers, many of whom were as respected as Ira.
In 1798, Two Heroes was divided into North Hero (the entire north island), Middle Hero and South Hero, the last two sharing the southern island and a representative to the legislature, hence they were not actually separate towns. This arrangement was not entirely satisfactory: in 1810, Middle Hero was given complete autonomy and renamed Grand Isle, which is what the French had originally called the whole island.
The first settlement was made in 1783 by Colonel Ebenezer Allen, a cousin of Ethan and Ira. He had served under Colonel Herrick with Rogers’ Rangers during the last of the French and Indian Wars and later had a notable career with the Green Mountain Boys. Stalwart and steady, in many ways he was the direct antithesis of Ethan. The two were great friends, however, and it was Ebenezer whom Ethan had been visiting in South Hero the night he became ill and died. At various times, Ebenezer held every town office there was; his home was at the southernmost tip of the island, thus the promontory’s name, Allens Point.
The fourth “Lake Champlain Islands” town (which does not otherwise figure in this story) is Isle La Motte.
Goings-on in and near South Hero
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington) 802-847-0000
Town Clerk: Sharon B Roy PO Box 175 South Hero, VT 05486
M-W 8:30-12 and 1-4:30; Th 8:30-12 and 1-5
Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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”).
Businesses & Services
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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).
Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001