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About Winhall, Vermont
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Bennington County
Chartered: September 15, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 28,495 Acres = 44.52 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 71* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 10' W 72°56'
Altitude: 1,293 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 769 [ Population Rank: 193* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 17.3 [ Density Rank: 211* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Winhall'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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Granted the same day as Tinmouth and Wells. None of the three was a particularly good investment for the grantees, mostly rough, broken and hilly land that is not suitable for agriculture.

Nothing is known about Winhall's name, except that it seems to be unique. Writing for Hemenway's Gazetteer, one resident said the town's name was made from the surnames of two grantees: Messrs. Hall and Winn. With six Halls but not a single Winn among the grantees, that explanation is somewhat questionable. Both surnames exist in other charters, but only in Woodstock do they appear together. With no demonstrable connection between Woodstock and Winhall, no light is shed on Winhall's name.

Inasmuch as Benning Wentworth lived in an era when spelling was a pretty casual matter, he may have simply misspelled the name he wanted to give the town. He could have been trying to name the town for Winall in Herefordshire, England, though that is one of the smallest and most obscure of villages, not known to have any connections with Wentworth or with any of the Winhall grantees. Another possibility is that Winhall was the name of an estate belonging to an English nobleman whom Wentworth wished to please; but that too is pure conjecture, because it has not been possible to discover that such a place exists.

The village at the junction of Routes 100 and 30 became known as Bondville in 1888, when an post office was opened there and which remains the only post office in Winhall, and better known than the town itself. The village and post office are named for the first postmaster.

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

Winhall Museum

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Grace Cottage Hospital (Townshend) 802-365-7676
Town Clerk:  Elizabeth Jenks CMC/CVC PO Box 389 Bondville, VT 05340
 802-297-2122
 M-Th 9-12

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").

Dorset Peru Landgrove
Winhall Londonderry
Manchester
Jamaica
Sunderland Stratton

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

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