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About Stockbridge, Vermont
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Windsor County
Chartered: July 21, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 29,471 Acres = 46.05 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 52* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 47' W 72°46'
Altitude: 734 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 736 [ Population Rank: 197* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 16 [ Density Rank: 216* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Stockbridge'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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Most of the grantees were residents of Massachusetts, so it seems certain that the town was named for that Stockbridge, which in turn had been named for the old English town of Stockbridge, Hampshire, where the name refers to a bridge for the use of farm animals. When its namesake in Vermont was granted, Stockbridge in Massachusetts already was well known because of missionary efforts among the Indians which had been made there earlier in the century by Jonathan Edwards and others.

A few years later Vermont gave a grant of land (which happened to be in New York) to some of the Stockbridge Indians who had been displaced from their Massachusetts lands. The Indians sold that grant, which became the origin of Marshfield.

The village of Gaysville derives its name from the families of Daniel and Jeremiah Gay, who settled in Stockbridge quite early. One of Daniel's sons, Merrick, secured the post office for Gaysville and served as its postmaster for almost thirty years. He also was town clerk for more than twenty years, and for another ten represented the town in the Legislature. The woolen mill at Gaysville was one of the Gay family enterprises.

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

Stockbridge-Gaysville Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Gifford Medical Center (Randolph) 802-728-7000
Town Clerk:  Catherine Brown PO Box 39 Stockbridge, VT 05772
 802-746-8400
 T-Th 8-4:30; F 8-12

Schools
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Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union 802-234-5364
Stockbridge Central School 802-234-9248

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").

Rochester Bethel
Stockbridge
Pittsfield Barnard
Killington Bridgewater

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

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