About Jamaica, Vermont
Chartered: November 7, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 31,670 Acres = 49.48 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 31* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 06′ W 72°47′
Altitude: 688 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,035 [ Population Rank: 169* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 20.9 [ Density Rank: 197* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State
*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Jamaica’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.
Settled near the confluence of the scenic West River and Ball Mountain Brook, Jamaica has maintained the charm and character of Vermont. Hiking trails and back roads intersect the village center, where a leisurely pace and casual atmosphere beckon visitors to slow down and enjoy the day. The natural beauty of the rivers and mountains, recreation and a glimpse of life is offered. And, after all, isn’t this really why you come to Vermont?
No, there is no Caribbean connection. Jamaica is one of only two civic entities in Vermont whose modern name is derived from a Native place name, in this case the Natick word for “beaver” (see also Winooski).
The list of men to whom Jamaica was chartered reads like a Who’s Who of Vermont’s Founding Fathers, most prominent being Thomas Chittenden, our first Governor, not just for being first on the list, but also for having signed the grant himself. Apparently, the concept of government officials not deriving personal benefit from their official actions had not developed yet.
Activities & Points of Interest
Goings-on in and near Jamaica
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Grace Cottage Hospital (Townshend) 802-365-7676
Town Clerk: Pat Meulemans PO Box 173 Jamaica, VT 05343
Churches, Ministries, Charitables
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
Windham Central Supervisory Union 802-348-6801
Jamaica Village School 802-874-4822
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”).
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