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Ascutney 05030
Perkinsville 05151

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About Weathersfield, Vermont
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Windsor County
Chartered: August 20, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 28,175 Acres = 44.02 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 78* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 23' W 72°28'
Altitude: 412 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,825 [ Population Rank: 63* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 64.2 [ Density Rank: 68* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Weathersfield's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Many of the grantees lived around New Haven, Connecticut, so the town's name probably derives from Wethersfield, one of the smaller communities in that area. Originally the name of the Vermont town was spelled the same way as is in England and Connecticut, but the "a" slipped into the Vermont spelling very early.

The Connecticut town was named in 1637 for Wethersfield, Essex, England, where the name originally referred to a field associated with a wether (from the Old English wither), or castrated ram. Wethers often were trained to lead a fiock of ewes to and from pasture. When the Vermonters put the "a" into their town's name, they lost its old pastoral meaning, which would have been appropriate in view of the sheep boom that later made Weathersfield one of the most prosperous towns in the state.

In 1830 a post office was opened at the village which is now known as Ascutney. The office was named just Corners (not Weathersfield Corners, as was intended). When the application forms were made out for the post office, Weathersfield name was put in the proper place for the town's name and Corners was put in for the village name, the assumption apparently that any fool could see the village name was Weathersfield Corners. But the postal authorities weren't just any fools: they took the name exactly as they read it, and for twenty years the office was just Corners.

At some point it occurred to someone that Corners lay in the shadow of Mount Ascutney, so in 1851 the name of the post office was changed to Ascutneyville. In 1924, during one of Washington's periods of trying to tidy up postal names, the -ville was dropped, and the village has been Ascutney ever since. Ascutney is a very old Abnaki name for the mountain, possibly meaning a place "at the end of the river fork." Although Weathersfield has the village of Ascutney and Little Ascutney Mountain, the main peak of Mount Ascutney is over the line in the towns of Windsor and West Windsor.

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

Wilgus State Park

Weathersfield Historical Society

Covered Bridges (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Downers      Salmond     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Windsor County.

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Springfield Hospital (Springfield) 802-885-2151
Town Clerk:  Flo-Ann Dango PO Box 550 Ascutney, VT 05030
 802-674-9500
 M-W 9-4; Th 9-5:30; and by appt.

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Nondenominational : Perkinsville Community Church 802-263-9539
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (Ascutney)
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (Perkinsville)
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ

Schools
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Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union 802-674-2144
Weathersfield Elementary School 802-263-9224
Weathersfield Middle School 802-674-5400

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").

Reading West Windsor Windsor
Cavendish Weathersfield
New Hampshire
Baltimore
Chester Springfield

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
    Telephone TDS Telecom 888-225-5837
    Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049

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