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About West Haven, Vermont
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Rutland County
Chartered: October 20, 1792 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Area: 18,404 Acres = 28.76 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 202* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 39' W 73°21'
Altitude: 380 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 264 [ Population Rank: 231* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 9.2 [ Density Rank: 229* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to West Haven'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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West Haven was taken out of Fair Haven, which had been chartered by Vermont in 1779. Apparently there had been discussion about dividing the town almost from the very beginning. The name West Haven was chosen for the new town at a Fair Haven town meeting in March before the division was actually made. Because the boundaries are taken from Lake Champlain on the west and the Poultney River on the east, the town protrudes into New York like a peninsula.

Either because the two towns taken together had so few people (a total of 545 in 1791) or because there was some doubt about the division, Fair Haven and West Haven were required by the legislature to share one representative for thirty-one years, until West Haven was finally given its own seat in 1823.

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

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Carol Richards 2919 Main Road West Haven, VT 05743
 802-265-4880
 M W 1-3:30; and by special appt.

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").

Benson Benson
West Haven
Lake Champlain Fair Haven
New York
New York New York

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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