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About St. Albans Town, Vermont
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Franklin County
Chartered: August 17, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 38,919 Acres = 60.81 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 11* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 48' W 73°05'
Altitude: 180 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 5,999 [ Population Rank: 25* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 98.7 [ Density Rank: 49* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to St. Albans 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 only two towns to which Benning Wentworth gave a "saint" name, the other being St. George, and the two were granted on successive days. Names of saints as place-names had never been used in colonial New England, because to the Puritan mind they smacked too much of papistry.To this day, there is no Connecticut or Massachusetts place with Saint in its name (Maine has several, including both St. Albans and St. George, but they were named much later than the Vermont towns). Perhaps by Wentworth's time the objections had diminished somewhat.

The name derives from St. Albans, Hertfordshire, named for Saint Alban, a Roman soldier killed for sheltering a Christian priest. One would like to credit Wentworth with remembering its significance as the birthplace of the rights of the common man. The Assembly of St. Albans, convened in 1213 to organize opposition to the unpopular King John, formed the groundwork for the Magna Carta and was a basis for the House of Commons. Patriots of English descent look to it as the wellspring of civic and political liberties.

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

Burton Island State Park

Kill Kare State Park

Woods Island State Park

Hard'ack
A community-operated non-profit recreation area, with skiing and sledding (rope tow), XC trails, and more. Free, but donations gratefully accepted.

Misissquoi Valley Rail Trail
A 26-mile all-season recreation path which largely parallels Route 105 and the Missisquoi River between Richford and 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.

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans) 802-524-5911
Town Clerk:  Anna Bourdon PO Box 37 St. Albans Bay, VT 05481
 802-524-2415
 M-F 8-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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United Methodist : St. Albans Bay UMC (St. Albans Bay) 802-524-4271

Schools
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Franklin Central Supervisory Union 802-524-2600
Pathways Academy 802-527-2050
St. Albans Town Education Center 802-527-7191

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").

Swanton
St. Albans Town
(Surrounding St. Albans)
North Hero Fairfield
Grand Isle Georgia Fairfax

Businesses & Services
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Rocheleau Appraisal
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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 Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Natural Gas Vermont Gas Systems 802-863-4511
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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