About Stowe, Vermont
Chartered: June 8, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 46,807 Acres = 73.14 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 2* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 28′ W 72°41′
Altitude: 723 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 4,314 [ Population Rank: 34* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 59 [ Density Rank: 72* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State
*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Stowe’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.
Benning Wentworth may have had in mind George Grenville, one of the most powerful men in English government when he named the town (Grenville was Prime Minister at the time of the Grant): Grenvile’s mother owned the beautiful Stowe Castle in Buckinghamshire. However, records suggest the town is named for Stow, Massachusetts (the ending “e” added in the 19th century): the names of three of this town’s grantees can be found in the records of that town, and in a 1788 proprietors’ meeting held in Vermont, the sum of 30 shillings was approved to fetch those records.
The village of Moscow is said to be so named because of a large circular saw blade hung in 1839, struck with a hammer to call men to work (alternately to call a school meeting). The sound was likened to the Great Bell of Moscow, the largest in the world, then in the news as having only recently been unearthed after lying buried for more than a hundred years (the 220 ton mammoth had fallen to the ground while being hung in 1734).
Maria Von Trapp came here after escaping from the Nazis (“The Sound of Music”) because it reminded her of her native Austria. Lying in the shadow of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is known as “the Ski Capital of the East”.
Activities & Points of Interest
Goings-on in and near Stowe
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.
Stowe is a magical place where the nation’s largest interconnected cross-country trail system is woven into the fabric of a 200 year-old New England village. The result is an exhilarating and romantic experience for cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities. Four full-service cross-country ski centers (including the nation’s first, The Trapp Family Lodge), provide over 150 kilometers of groomed trails in all: a trail system unmatched in this nation not only for size but for beauty. With Vermont’s highest peak towering above, skiers are delighted with breathtaking views and winter wonderland scenery. There is door-to-door skiing to inns, taverns, and restaurants. Cross country here can start on Vermont’s highest peak and finish at its tallest steeple.
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Copley Hospital (Morrisville) 802-888-4231
Town Clerk: Alison Kaiser PO Box 248 Stowe, VT 05672
Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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 Stowe Cablevision 802-253-9282
Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
Electric Morrisville Water & Light Department 802-888-3348
Electric Stowe Electric Department 802-253-7215
Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001