Waterbury, Vermont, New England USA

About Waterbury, Vermont

Washington County
Chartered: June 7, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 32,246 Acres = 50.38 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 26* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 20′ W 72°45′
Altitude: 425 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 5,064 [ Population Rank: 28* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 100.5 [ Density Rank: 42* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Waterbury’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Many of the grantees came from Waterbury, Connecticut, where the naming of that town was the first use of the name on the North American continent, and descriptive of the site. The Winooski River forms the southern town line and many smaller streams merge with it here, it is an apt descriptive name for this town, as well. There have always been three distinct villages: Waterbury, Waterbury Center and Colbyville, which was a busy little place in the 19th Century.

George and Edwin, the enterprising Colby brothers of Bolton, while still in their twenties, bought an old factory on a sort of “dollar down, dollar-a-day” basis. The facility had once manufactured starch and distilled potato whiskey; the Colbys were more interested in a large stand of willow near the plant. One of them had invented a machine which would strip the bark from willow stock, and in 1856 began operating what is thought to be the first willow manufacturing plant in the US (not just for baskets: in those days, willow was chiefly used in the construction of carriage bodies).

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Waterbury
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

Little River State Park

Waterbury Center State Park

Waterbury Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-244-7339
Hospital: Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) 802-229-9121

Town Clerk: Carla Lawrence 51 South Main Street Waterbury, VT 05676
M-F 8-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Roman Catholic : St. Andrew
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Waterbury Ctr. Community Church (Waterbury Center) 802-244-6286
United Methodist : Wesley UMC 802-244-6677
Wesleyan : Living Hope Fellowship (Waterbury Center) 802-224-6345


Washington West Supervisory Union 802-496-2272
Crossett Brook Middle School 802-244-7195
Thatcher Brook Primary School 802-244-7195

Neighboring Towns

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
    Electric Stowe Electric Department 802-253-7215
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001