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About Williamstown, Vermont
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Orange County
Chartered: August 9, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 25,809 Acres = 40.33 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 111* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 07' W 72°32'
Altitude: 870 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 3,389 [ Population Rank: 50* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 84 [ Density Rank: 54* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Williamstown'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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There are two schools of thought about the origin of Williamstown's name. The first says it was named for Judah Williams, one of the grantees. The other says it was named for Williamstown, Massachusetts, which took its name from Colonel Ephraim Williams, the founder of Williams College. In 1754, as he was leaving for the French and Indian War, Colonel Williams wrote a will leaving his estate for the establishment of a "free school forever in the township west of Fort Massachusetts, called West Hoosic, provided it be called Williamstown." Six weeks later the Colonel was killed during an expedition against the fort at Crown Point, on the New York side of the Lake Champlain narrows. His estate was eventually used to establish the school that became Williams College. Of the two possible origins, the latter seems the more reasonable, for it is known that many of the grantees of Vermont's Williamstown came from western Massachusetts. Furthermore, Judah Williams was not first on the list of grantees, not even near the top, which goes against the theory that the town would have been named for him.

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

Williamstown Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) 802-229-9121
Town Clerk:  Barbara Graham PO Box 646 Williamstown, VT 05679
 802-433-5455
 M T Th 8-4:30, F 8-2

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Roman Catholic : St. Edward
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Williamstown Fed

Schools
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Orange North Supervisory Union 802-433-5818
Williamstown Elementary School 802-443-6653
Williamstown Middle/High School 802-433-5359

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").

Berlin Barre
Northfield Williamstown
Washington
Brookfield Chelsea

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 Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Electric Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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