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About Waltham, Vermont
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Addison County
Chartered: October 31, 1796 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Area: 5,910 Acres = 9.23 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 243* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 09' W 73°15'
Altitude: 450 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 486 [ Population Rank: 213* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 52.7 [ Density Rank: 85* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Waltham'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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Waltham never had a charter of its own, instead coming about through an unusual set of circumstances.

When Vergennes was incorporated out of parts of New Haven, Ferrisburgh and Panton, it was given only the 1,200 acres it now contains. Apparently there was some feeling in the neighborhood that more land from New Haven should have been included, so in 1791 about three square miles were taken from New Haven and given to Vergennes. But that was an equally unpopular move, so in 1796 the extra acreage was taken away from Vergennes and incorporated into a separate town.

When the residents of the new town held their first town meeting, they elected Phineas Brown moderator, and it was he who suggested that this town be named for his home town of Waltham in Massachusetts. In that city it is said the name derives from Waltham in England, coming from Walt, meaning "woods or forest," and ham, meaning "home", hence "forest home." The new Vermont town had fine stands of ash, beech, birch, butternut, maple, oak and walnut, so the name was very appropriate.

In 1804 a small piece of Addison was added to Waltham, giving the latter town its irregular shape and present size. Waltham has never had as many as three hundred residents at any time, so it has had neither a village nor a post office. Two main roads, known as East Street and West Street, run roughly parallel from north to south through town, and most of the townspeople live on one or another of them. Buck Mountain, which gets its name from one of the old families in the area, also runs north-south, with the effect of bisecting this already small town.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities
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Goings-on in and near Waltham
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Porter Medical Center (Middlebury) 802-388-7901
Town Clerk:  Mary Kinson PO Box 175 Vergennes, VT 05491
 802-877-3641
 T F 9-3

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").

Vergennes Ferrisburgh
Panton Waltham
Addison New Haven
Weybridge

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
    Telephone Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom 802-496-3391

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