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About Woodford, Vermont
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Bennington County
Chartered: March 6, 1753 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 30,412 Acres = 47.52 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 44* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 42° 53' W 73°05'
Altitude: 2,215 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 424 [ Population Rank: 221* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 8.9 [ Density Rank: 231* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Woodford's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Woodford was originally granted on March 6, 1753, but due to the French and Indian Wars was not settled within the required five years and was re-granted August 12, 1762. It was supposedly named for a General Woodford, a British officer who gave service during the French and Indian Wars. However, the first Woodford connected with the American military shows up later: a Virginian who fought in the Revolution. He is not known to have had any military career prior to the second grant. The name is more likely after Woodford, Essex, England.

Woodford contains some 14,000 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest, and is almost entirely mountainous except for a short stretch along Waloomsac Brook.

The village of Woodford has long been known unofficially as "Woodford City": a derogatory term when used by its detractors, but something else entirely when used by its supporters, who cite Matthew 5:14, when Jesus said, "A city on a hill cannot be hidden"; it is the highest-altitude village in the state. The brook flowing through the village is known as City Stream.

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

Woodford State Park

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Southwestern Medical Center (Bennington) 802-442-6361
Town Clerk:  Ron Higgins 1391 VT RTE 9 Woodford, VT 05201
 802 442-4895
 M W F 8:30-11 and 12:30-4; T Th 8:30-4

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").

Shaftsbury Glastenbury Somerset
Woodford
Bennington Searsburg
Readsboro
Pownal Stamford

Businesses & Services
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Twin Brooks Guided Snowmobile Tours

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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