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About Woodbury, Vermont
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Washington County
Chartered: August 16, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 25,139 Acres = 39.28 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 137* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 26' W 72°25'
Altitude: 1,164 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 906 [ Population Rank: 183* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 23.1 [ Density Rank: 186* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Woodbury'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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It has always been said that the town was named in honor of Colonel Ebenezer Wood, who was listed second among the grantees. However, it seems possible that the name also made note of the other grantees who had "Wood" in their names: Enoch, Howel and Joshua Woodbridge, as well as Park, Asa and Thomas Woodward. Ten other states have used Woodbury, including Connecticut, where many of the grantees of Vermont lands had lived. So there is a distinct possibility that when the name was chosen for the Vermont town the grantees had the older Connecticut town in mind.

During the third decade of Woodbury's existence, the townspeople became disenchanted with the name, and asked to have it changed to Monroe, for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, who was greatly admired in Vermont. President Monroe had visited Vermont in 1817, and many people had traveled great distances to see him in person. He had died by the time Vermont's legislature made the change in 1838. Apparently political sentiments changed, however: in 1843 the town asked to have its name changed back to Woodbury, and specified that it was in honor of the town's early proprietor.

The 1840's were the boom years for Woodbury. At that time the population went over 1,000, though by 1850 it had already started to decline. During the last two and a half decades of the 19th Century, granite became the town's biggest business. One of the finest veins of granite in the world was discovered east of Woodbury Center. Blocks from that quarry were shipped all over the world, and were used in the construction of at least five state capitol buildings.

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

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) 802-229-9121
Town Clerk:  Diana Peduzzi PO Box 10 Woodbury, VT 05681
 802 456 7051
 M 9-1 and 6-8 p.m.; T-Th 9-1

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (South Woodbury)
United Methodist : Woodbury UMC 802-229-4507

Schools
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Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union 802-472-6531
Woodbury Elementary School 802-472-5715

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").

Wolcott Hardwick
Elmore Woodbury
Walden
Worcester
Calais Marshfield

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 Hardwick Electric Department 802-472-5201
    Electric Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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