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Addison County
Chartered: October 23, 1788 (Vermont Charter)
City Incorporated: October 23, 1788
Area: 1,600 Acres = 2.5 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 255* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 56' W 73°07'
Altitude: 203 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,588 [ Population Rank: 65* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 1,035.2 [ Density Rank: 3* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Vergennes' relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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Pronunciation: ver JENZ

The only one of Vermont's cities not to have been first chartered as a town or independant village. It is the smallest city in Vermont, and the third oldest in the US (only Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut are older).

It is named for Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. Reluctant to to make any overt moves that might involve her in another war with England, France agreed to aid the colonists behind the scenes, principally through the considerable efforts of Benjamin Franklin. At the direction of Louis XVI, Gravier established a fictional company through which the Americans received nearly 80% of their military supplies. It was also Gravier who negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that formally brought the Revolutionary War to a close.

Here, Thomas MacDonough built and armed the fleet that would defeat the British on Lake Champlain. The Monkton Iron Company (which was at the time the largest iron works in the colonies) manufactured the fittings for MacDonough's fleet, as well as most of the cannon shot used by the army in the north. The ore used was mined in nearby Monkton.

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

Vergennes Area History Club

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-877-2201
Hospital: Porter Medical Center (Middlebury) 802-388-7901
City Clerk:  Joan Devnie PO Box 35 Vergennes, VT 05491
 802-877-2841
 M-F 8-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Assemblies of God : AG Christian Center 802-8773903
Episcopal : St. Paul 802-877-3322
Roman Catholic : St. Peter
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Vergennes UMC 802-877-3376
United Methodist : West Addison UMC 802-877-3376

Schools
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Addison Northwest Supervisory Union 802-877-3332
Vergennes Union Elementary School 802-877-3761
Vergennes Union High School 802-877-2938

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").

Ferrisburgh
Vergennes
Ferrisburgh Ferrisburgh
Panton Waltham

Businesses & Services
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Vermont Federal Credit Union

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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