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About Wardsboro, Vermont
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Windham County
Chartered: November 7, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 18,728 Acres = 29.26 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 200* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 02' W 72°48'
Altitude: 1,090 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 900 [ Population Rank: 174* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 30.8 [ Density Rank: 146* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Wardsboro's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

One of the few towns in Vermont about which there is no question as to the origin of its name: William Ward of Newfane and 61 others were granted the town to be known as Wardsborough. In 1788, it was divided into North and South Districts, the latter becoming present-day Dover in 1810.

One of Vermont's smaller towns because of that split, it has a proportionately large number of distinct hamlets: North, South and West Wardsboro and Wardsboro Center, which was originally Unionville, due to strong Federal sentiment during the Civil War. It was also known locally as "Bucketville", after Jebediah Estabrook's tub, bucket and pail factory, the main employer in the area in the 1880s.

The public whipping here of "Old Mother White" in 1807 led to the abolition of such punishment in Vermont.

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

Historical Society of Windham County

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Southwestern Medical Center (Bennington) 802-442-6361
Town Clerk:  Jacqueline Bedard PO Box 48 Wardsboro, VT 05355
 802-896-6055
 M-Th 9-12 and 1-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (South Wardsboro)

Schools
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Windham Central Supervisory Union 802-348-6801
Wardsboro Elementary School 802-896-6210

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").

Jamaica
Wardsboro Townshend
Stratton
Newfane
Dover

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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