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About Westford, Vermont

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Chittenden County
Chartered: June 8, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 25,033 Acres = 39.11 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 139* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 37' W 73°01'
Altitude: 464 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,029 [ Population Rank: 80* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 51.9 [ Density Rank: 81* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Westford's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Absent any evidence otherwise, the name appears to derive from being the most westerly of four granted the same day. For whatever reason, in 1781 the young Republic of Vermont granted another Westford, in Orleans County. That town was subsequently renamed Westmore.

Westford and adjacent Underhill listed many of the same grantees, which accounts for the fact that the names of families residing in one contributed to places names in the other. Mount Macomber in Underhill, for instance, derives from the Macomber family of Westford.

Where family names and descriptive terms were usually the basis for place names, Westford has a distinction in Number Eleven Hill. Nowhere else in the state is anything named by a number. When the town was being laid out, land was distributed in rounds, somewhat like modern sports drafts. The best land (suitable for dwellings and tillage) went in Round One to the most prominent grantee. Pasture land was Round Two; Round Three was frequently woodlot. Round Eleven would have been pretty far down the list in terms of usefulness.

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

Activities & Points of Interest

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

Chittenden County Historical Society

Westford Historical Society

Covered Bridge (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Brown's River     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Chittenden County.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington) 802-847-0000
Town Clerk:  Nanette Rogers 1713 VT Rte 128 Westford, VT 05494
 M-F 8:30-4:30 (July & August close at 1 on Fri)

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Chittenden Central Supervisory Union 802-879-5579
Westford Elementary School 802-878-5932

Neighboring Towns

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").

Georgia Fairfax Cambridge
Milton Underhill
Colchester Essex Jericho

Businesses & Services

Rocheleau Appraisal
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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
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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