About Springfield, Vermont
Chartered: August 20, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 31,747 Acres = 49.6 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 30* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 18′ W 72°29′
Altitude: 410 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 9,373 [ Population Rank: 11* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 189 [ Density Rank: 23* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State
*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Springfield’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.
Unquestionably named for Springfield, Massachusetts. Most of the grantees were from Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield, and the first Town Meeting was held in Northampton.
Springfield is known for inventiveness and industry. The area called “the Cradle of Inventions” and “Precision Valley” has birthed many worthwhile devices. Springfield inventors have created the common spring clothes pin, the breech loading rifle, the steam shovel, the corn planter, the broomholder, hay and straw cutters, mop wringer, sheep shearing machine, the optical comparator and the flat turret lathe.
Springfield offers both commercial and rural attractions — shops,galleries, entertainment for the children along Routes 10 and 12 ,inns and restaurants throughout town.
Springfield is also known as “The Birthplace of Amateur Telescope Making”,it being the home of the Amateur Telescope Makers Association, which sponsors the Annual Stellafane Convention,hosting the gathering of telescope makers from through out the world.
Recreation in Springfield includes a public swimming pool,18 hole golf course, a movie theatre, bowling (candlepin and tenpin), tennis courts and town parks for hiking and picnicking. Good fishing holes and deerhunting are all readily available. Ski areas are within short drives as well as cross country and snowmobile trails. The Connecticut River for boating is at the edge of town.
Activities & Points of Interest
Goings-on in and near Springfield
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.
American Precision Musem
at 196 South Main Street. Trace the evolution of precision manufacturing. Open daily Memorial Day thru November 1, 10 am-5 pm. Call 802 674-5781for info on current exhibit.
(“great noise”) falls in the center of the Village of Springfield. The Black River, falling 110 feet in an eighth of a mile, powered a variety of manufacturers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Unusual 18th century one-room schoolhouse. Route 11, Wednesday-Monday, 9:30-5:30 pm, 802-828-3051
Hartness House Observatory
and the basement workshop where James Hartness and Russell Porter produced the conceptual drawings for the 200 inch reflector on Mount Palomar in California.
Springfield Art & Historical Society
at the Miller Art Center on Elm Street, just up the hill from the business district. Collections include Richard Lee pewter, Bennington pottery, 19th century American painting, costumes, doll carriages and items pertaining to local history. No admission fee, open May-October: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-4; Thursday 1-3 and 7-9. 802-885-2415 or 802-885-5414 (off hours).
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-885-2113
Hospital: Springfield Hospital (Springfield) 802-885-2151
Town Clerk: Meredith D. Kelley 96 Main Street Springfield, VT 05156
Churches, Ministries, Charitables
Assemblies of God : 802-885-4261
Church of Christ : 802-885-3491
Episcopal : St. Mark 802-885-2723
Nondenominational : Advent Christian Church 802-886-2833
Nondenominational : Christadelphian Ecclesia 802-885-2316
Nondenominational : Pillars of Clouds and Fire Ministries
Orthodox Catholic : Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 802-885-2615
Roman Catholic : Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Unitarian Universalist : 802-885-3327
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Springfield UMC 802-885-3456
Springfield School District 802-885-5141
Elm Hill School 802-885-5154
Park Street School 802-885-4774
River Valley Technical Center 802-885-8484
Riverside Middle School 802-885-8490
Springfield High School 802-885-8482
Union Street School 802-885-5155
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).
Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049