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 Latest Entry: April 30, 2010

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Real Places in Vermont

What follows here is an alphebetical listing of Real Vermont Places, including towns, villages, gores and others. Although we have crossed referenced this list against several sources, mistakes happen. If you find something in error or missing from this list, please let us know by using the mail link at the bottom of this page. You may browse down the entire list or jump to different sections by choosing the first letter of the place you are looking for from the bar bellow.
 
 

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Abbott's Mills, place in Fairlee, Orange County.

Abenaki, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Adamant, a post office in Calais, Washington County - In 1905, local residents readily agreed to change the name of their town from Sodom, the name it had been given a dozen years before, to Adamant. Swift says Sodom might have gotten its name because the village boarding house attracted unruly characters from nearby towns. The hamlet was renamed Adamant, which is suggestive of granite’s hardness, at the behest of quarry owner Clarence Whittier.

Addison, town in Addison County.

Albany was originally Lutterloh, Orleans County.

Albany Center, place in Albany, Orleans County.

Alburgh, Alburgh Center, Alburgh Springs, Grand Isle County

Alburgh Center, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Alburgh Springs, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Alfrecha, place in Clarendon, Rutland County

Allen Brook: there are two in Chittenden County. Ira Allen's memorial waterway is in Colchester[x]; Ethan's is in Williston.

Allen Point, place in South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Alpine Village, place in Warren, Washington County.

Ames Hill, place in Marlboro, Windham County.

Amsden, Perkinsville, Windsor County

Andover, Windsor County

Appletree Point, place in Burlington, Chittenden County.

Arlington, town in Bennington County.

Arnold Bay, place in Panton, Addison County.

Ascutney - place in Weathersfield, Windsor County

Athens, town in Windham County

Avalon Beach, place in Castleton, Rutland County.

Averill , town in Essex County.

Averill, a village partly in Norton and Averill, Essex County.

Averys Gore in Franklin County was split between Montgomery and Belvidere in 1963. A second Averys Gore in Essex County, Averys gore is the last of 8 tracts of land bearing the name of Samuel Avery, who received a total of about 52,000 acres in gores and grants in the 1790s.

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Bailey's Mills, place in Reading, Windsor County.

Bakersfield, town in Franklin County.

Ball Island, Franklin County.

Baltimore Town, Windsor County

Baptist Four Corners, place in Charlotte, Chittenden County.

Barnard, town in Windsor County.

Barnet, town in Caledonia County.

Barnet Center, place in Barnet, Caledonia County.

Barney Point, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Barnumtown, place in Monkton, Addison County.

Barnumville, place in Manchester, Bennington County.

Barre City and Barre Town, municipalities in Washington County, all from the Barre Profile:

Barre was originally named Wildersborough.  Residents at town meeting voted a tie on the proposed substitute names, Holden and Barre. A variety of stories explain the way the name was selected: According to one legend, champions were selected to defend the rival titles with fisticuffs, and the thumping blacksmith won the fight and the right to the name, Barre. One other says it was a fistfight between the newly elected town moderator Asaph Seherman's son, Jonathan (family was from Barre, Mass), and Capt. John Thompson of Holden, Mass. Other records insist that the voters auctioned off their remaining rights to one E.D. Wheeler, who agreed to donate the sum of 62 pounds toward the building of a new town meeting hall. September 3, 1793 records show that the tiny town of Wildersburgh (then 12 years old) voted to change its name. Minutes also show that the honor of renaming the town was to go to the man who donated the most money toward building a church. maybe it was Ezekial Dodge Wheeler who gave the money. Whatever the explanation, the State General Assembly ratified the name change on 10/19, 1793.

But what were the origins of the name Barre, itself? Barre was chosen by the Mass voters to honor Isaac Barre, a staunch British ally of the American Colonies. Barre served in the British Army and was Lord Shelburnes chief spokesman in the House of Commons, trying to get more equitable treatment of the new colonies. The site of the fight may have been the current Bond Auto Warehouse on the booth-Morrision Road in Barre Town, Times Argus 9/3/93.

In 1894 (cross-listed in chronology below), the legislature incorporates Barre City from about 2,500 acres of Barre Town. It was originally Barre village within the town of Barre.

The Town of Barre is hereby abolished..." Delcore, David, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye!: Barre Became City 100 Years Ago Today," Times Arugs, 11/23/94. p1&8.

Barre Borders - merger between Barre City and Town, probably proposed many times. 1986 Barre Rotarians were largely responsible for selling local voters on the concept of the emerged Spaulding High School. But, studied in depth in 1990 and raised again in 1994 by a group called, Good Morning Barre (founded by Claire Duke, a local realtor & Bare attorney John Nicholls in 1992, by 1994 60 members) drawn from both the city and the town. Issues to merger involve pride, nostalgia, etc. Propose to begin with a unified school district, since they already share Spaulding High School, a sharing established. in 1986 and accelerated in 1994 when Barre voters agreed to turn ownership of the High School complex over to the two-town union on Town Meeting Day. TA, 3/7&8/94. By a margin of nearly two to one, 848-480, voters turned down a proposal to study the merger of Barre and Barre Town, probably laying to rest any further discussion about merging the two communities for the time being. Surprise as no organized opposition to the merger was voiced. Good Morning Barre, had mounted an aggressive advertising campaign. TA May 11, 1994:1&8. Barre Neighborhoods: fourteen neighborhoods:

1. East Barre, 2. South Barre, 3. Upper Websterville, 4. Lower Websterville, 5. Upper Graniteville, 6. Lower Graniteville, 7. Richardson Road, 8. West Hill, 9. Cassie Street, 10. Route 14, 11. Tamarack Lane to Jalbert Road, 12. Trow Hill, 13. Quarry Hill, and 14. Beckley Hill.

Barton, village in the town of Barton, Orleans County.

Barton Landing, place in Barton, Orleans County.

Bartonsville (and Upper Bartonsville), place in Rockingham, Windham County

Basin Harbor, place in Ferrisburgh, Addison County.

Batesville, place in Newport, Orleans County.

Bayside, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Beans Point, place in Milton, Chittenden County.

Beanville, place in Vershire, Orange County.

Beartown, place in Sandgate, Bennington County.

Beattys Four Corners, place in Franklin, Franklin County.

Beaulieu's Corner, place in Highgate, Franklin County.

Beaver Meadow, place in Woodford, Bennington County.

Beaver Meadow Brook, place in Buels Gore, Chittenden County.

Beebe Plain, place in Derby, Orleans County.

Beecher Falls, place in Canaan, Essex County.

Beldens (Belden Falls), Village in New Haven, Addison County. Beldens showed up on some maps as "Belden Falls." The village's post office was discontinued in 1919.

Bell Island, place in Lake Memphremagog (Derby), Orleans County.

Bellow's Falls, Village in Rockingham, Windham County.

Belmont, place in Mount Holly, Rutland County.

Belvidere, town in Lamoille County.

Belvidere Center, place in Belvidere, Lamoille County.

Belvidere Corners, place in Belvidere, Lamoille County.

Belvidere Junction, place in Belvidere, Lamoille County.

Bennington, town in Bennington County.

Bennington Flats, place in Bennington, Bennington County.

Benson, town in Rutland County.

Benson Landing, place in Benson, Rutland County.

Berkshire, town in Franklin County.

Berkshire Center, place in Berkshire, Franklin County.

Berlin, town in Washington County.

Berlin Corners, place in Berlin, Washington County.

Bethel, town in Windsor County.

Big Bluff, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Binghamville, RFD Cambridge, Franklin County.

Binghamville, place in Fairfax, Franklin County.

Birdland, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Bixby Island, place in Lake Champlain near Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Black Island, place in Lake Memphremagog (Derby), Orleans County.

Blissville, place in Castleton, Rutland County.

Blockhouse Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Bloomfield, town in Essex County.

Blossom's Corners, place in Pawlet, Rutland County.

Blue Rock, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Bolton, town in Chittenden County.

Boltonville, place in Newbury, Orange County.

Bolton's Joiner Brook, often spelled "Joyner" (Doran 1995, BFP, March 21:4B).

Bomoseen, place in Castleton, Rutland County.

Bondville, place in Winhall, Bennington County.

Bordoville, place in Enosburgh, Franklin County.

Boro Village, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

Bow Arrow Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Bowlsville, place in Mount Holly, Rutland County.

Bowman Corners, place in Westford, Chittenden County.

Bradford, town and village in Orange County.

Bradford Center, place in Bradford, Orange County.

Bragg Brook, place in Norwich Windsor County.

Braintree, town in Orange County.  Includes Braintree Center, East Braintree, West Braintree, Peth and Snowsville.

Braintree Center, place in Braintree, Orange County.

Brandon, town in Rutland County. Includes village of Forest Dale.

Brattleboro, town in Windham County.

Bread Loaf , place in Ripton, Addison County.

Brewers Corners, place in Mendon, Rutland County.

Bridgewater, Windsor County, includes Bridgewater Corners, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater Center and Briggs (local name for Bridgewater Center).

Bridgewater Center, place in Bridgewater, Windsor County.

Bridgewater Corners, place in Bridgewater, Windsor County.

Bridport, town in Addison County.

Briggs , local name for Bridgewater Center.

Brighton, town in Essex County.

Brimstone Corner, place in Vershire, Orange County.

Brimstone Corners, place in Pawlet, Rutland County.

Bristol, town in Addison County.

Brockways Mills, place in Rockingham, Windham County.

Bromley , place in Peru, Bennington County - Sometimes names of towns were changed to attract land buyers. A group of English settlers christened their land Bromley after a town in their homeland. But the land they were granted in 1761 turned out to be "36 square miles of trees and bears" perched inhospitably on the ridge of the Green Mountains (Swift). No one wanted to buy land there. The Bromley grantees hit upon the name of Peru as a solution. According to records from that time, the name of Peru was associated with the wealth of South America. For whatever reason, after the name change the town flourished (Wallace, 1994).

Brookfield, town in Orange County.

Brookfield Center, place in Brookfield, Orange County.

Brookline, town in Windham County.

Brooklyn, place in Mount Tabor, Rutland County.

Brookside, place in Newfane, Windham County.

Brookside, place in Westford, Chittenden County.

Brooksville, place in New Haven, Addison County.

Brownington, town in Orleans County.

Brownington Center, place in Brownington, Orleans County.

Browns Corners, place in Franklin, Franklin County.

Brownsville, place in West Windsor, Windsor County.

Brunswick, town in Essex County.

Brunswick Springs, place in Brunswick, Essex County.

Buck Hollow, place in Fairfax, Franklin County.

Buel's Gore, gore located in Chittenden County.

Bull Rush Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Burbees Mill, place in Windham, Windham County.

Burke, town in Caledonia County.

Burke Green, place in Burke, Caledonia County.

Burke Hollow, place in Burke, Caledonia County.

Burlington, city in Chittenden County.

Burlington Point, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

Burnham Hill, place in Woodbury, Washington County.

Burnham Hollow, place in Middletown Springs, Rutland County.

Burton Island, place in Lake Champlain (Georgia), Franklin County.

Butler Corners, place in Essex, Chittenden County.

Butler Island, place in Lake Champlain (North Hero), Grand Isle County.

Butternut Bend, place in Pawlet, Rutland County.

Button Bay, place in Ferrisburgh, Rutland County.

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Cabot, town in Washington County.

Cabot Plains, place in Cabot, Washington County.

Cabot Village, place in Cabot, Washington County.

Cadys Falls, place in Morristown, Lamoille County.

Calais, town in Washington County.

Cambridge, town in Lamoille County.

Cambridge Junction, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

Cambridgeport, place in Rockingham, Windham County.

Campbell Corner, place in Thetford, Orange County.

Campbell Corners, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

Campmeeting Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Canaan, town in Essex County.

Carleton Prize, place in South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Carrying Place, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Castleton, town in Rutland County.

Castleton Corners, place in Castleton, Rutland County, PO Bomoseen.

Castleton State College, place in Castleton, Rutland County.

Cavendish Town, Windsor County - Includes Proctorsville Village, PO 05153.

Cedar Beach, place in Charlotte, Chittenden County.

Cedar Island, place in Lake Champlain (Charlotte), Chittenden County.

Cedar Island, place in Lake Champlain (South Hero), Grand Isle County.

Center, place in Newport, Orleans County.

Center Rutland, place in Rutland County.

Centertown, place in Hartland, Windsor County.

Centerville, a very popular place name.  Given to a place in Hyde Park, Lamoille County; a place in Wallingford, Rutland County; and a place in Brattleboro, Windham County.

Central Park, place in Vernon, Windham County.

Centre Village, place in Northfield, Washington County.

Chadwick, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

Chamberlain Glen, place in Buel's Gore, Chittenden County.

Chapmantown, place in Rutland County.

Charleston, town in Orleans County.

Charlotte, town in Chittenden County.

Checkerberry Village, place in Milton, Chittenden County.

Chelsea, town in Orange County.

Chelsea West Hill, place in Chelsea, Orange County.

Cheney Point, place in St. Albans, Franklin County.

Chester, town in Windsor County.

Chester Depot, place in Chester, Windsor County.

Chimney Corner, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Chimney Point, place Addison, Addison County.

Chipman's Point, place in Orwell, Addison County.

Chippenhook, place in Clarendon, Rutland County, PO West Rutland.

Chiselville, village in Sunderland, Bennington County.

Chittenden, town in Rutland County.

Clarendon, town in Rutland County.

Clarendon Springs, place in Clarendon, Rutland County.

Clark Point, place in Highgate or Swanton, Franklin County.

Clay Point, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Cleveland Corners, place in Hyde Park, Lamoille County.

Cloak Island, place in Lake Champlain near Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Cloverdale, place in Westford, Chittenden County.

Coffeehouse, hamlet shown on old maps located where Sherburne (now Killington) meets Chittenden and Mendon. Men coming in with logs for the sawmill there could get a shave, a meal and a cup of coffee before returning to the woods (Swift, 1978).

Colbyville, place in Waterbury, Washington County.

Colchester, town in Chittenden County.

Colchester Point, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Colchester Reef, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Cold River, place in Shrewsbury, Rutland County.

Concord, town in Essex County.

Concord Corner, place in Concord, Essex County.

Cooksville, place in Brunswick, Essex County.

Cookeville, place in Corinth, Orange County.

Coon Point, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Cooper Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Cooper Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Copperas Hill, place in Shrewsbury, Rutland County.

Copperfield, ghost town in Vershire, Orange County.

Corinth, town in Orange County - Cookeville in Corinth Town, also Cookeville, Corinth Corners, East Corinth, Goose Green, South Corinth, West Corinth.

Corinth Center, place in Corinth, Orange County.

Corinth Corners, place in Corinth, Orange County.

Cornwall, town in Addison County.

Cove Island, place in Lake Memphremagog (Derby), Orleans County.

Coventry, town in Orleans County.

Coventry Station, place in Coventry, Orleans County.

Clouds, lake of the, Mount Mansfield. a high altitude lake often shrouded in mist.

Craftsbury, town in Orleans County.

Craftsbury Common, place in Craftsbury, Orleans County.

Crane Point, place in Addison County.

Cream Hill, place in Shoreham, Addison County.

Crystal Beach, in Castleton, Rutland County.

Cuttingsville, place in Shrewsbury, Rutland County.
 
 

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Dameas Island, place in Lake Champlain (North Hero), Grand Isle County.

Damons Crossing, place in Victory. Essex County.

Danby Town, Rutland County includes Danby Four Corners, and a village called Purgatory, shared with Mt. Tabor.

Danby Four Corners, place in Danby, Rutland County.

Danville, town in Caledonia County.

Dean Island, place in Lake Champlain (Charlotte), Chittenden County.

Derby, town in Orleans County.

Derby Center, incorporated village of Derby, Orleans County

Derby Line, Orleans County, place in Derby Village

Deweysburg - Peacham's town lines were expanded in 1810 when Deweysburg, also known as "The Boot," was divided among Danville[X] and Peacham.

Dewey's Mills, Windsor County, place in Hartford, PO Quechee.

Dog River, Montpelier area. Legend has it that it got its name when a bear hunter caught his own dog in a trap by mistake. (Wallace, 1994).

Donaldson Point, place in Highgate, Franklin County.

Dorset, Bennington County

Dover, town in Windham County - Listed as Wardsboro South District from 1791 through 1810.

Dowdy Corner, place in Randolph, Orange County.

Downers, a place in Weathersfield, Windsor County

Downingville, Addison County

Dows, place in Walden, Caledonia County.

Dows Crossing, place in Walden, Caledonia County.

Dowsville, place in Duxbury, Washington County.

Dream Pond, see Fairfield Pond, below.

Dummerston, Windham County

Dummerston Center, incorporated village, Windham County.

Duxbury, Washington County
 
 

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Eagle Point, place in Derby, Orleans County.

Earlys Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

East Albany, place in Albany, Orleans County.

East Alburgh, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

East Arlington, place in Arlington, Bennington County.

East Barnard, place in Barnard, Windsor County.

East Barnet, place in Barnet, Caledonia County.

East Barre, place in Barre, Washington County.

East Berkshire, place in Berkshire, Franklin County.

East Bethel, place in Bethel, Windsor County.

East Braintree, place in Braintree, Orange County.

East Brighton, place in Brighton, Essex County.

East Brookfield, place in Brookfield, Orange County.

East Brownington, place in Brownington, Orleans County.

East Burke, place in Burke, Caledonia County, stage from Lyndonville.

East Cabot, place in Cabot, Washington County.

East Calais, place in Calais, Washington County.

East Cambridge, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

East Charleston, place in Charleston, Orleans County.

East Charlotte, place in Charlotte, Chittenden County.

East Clarendon, place in Clarendon, Rutland County.

East Concord, place in Concord, Essex County.

East Corinth, place in Corinth, Orange County.

East Craftsbury, place in Craftsbury, Orleans County.

East Dorset, place in Dorset, Bennington County.

East Dover, place in Dover, Windham County.

East Dummerston, place in Dummerston, Windham County.

East Elmore, place in Elmore, Lamoille County.

East Enosburgh, place in Enosburgh, Franklin County.

East Fairfield, place in Fairfield, Franklin County.

East Fletcher, place in Fletcher, Franklin County.

East Franklin, place in Franklin, Franklin County.

East Georgia, place in Georgia, Franklin County, RFD Georgia.

East Granville, place in Granville, Addison County.

East Greensboro, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

East Hardwick, place in Hardwick, Caledonia County.

East Haven, town in Essex County.

East Highgate, place in Highgate, Franklin County.

East Hubbardton, place in Hubbardton, Rutland County.

East Jamaica, place in Jamaica, Windham County.

East Johnson, place in Johnson, Lamoille County.

East Kansas, place in Sunderland, Bennington County.

East Lyndon, place in Lyndon, Caledonia County.

East Middlebury, place in Middlebury, Addison County.

East Monkton, place in Monkton, Addison County, RFD Bristol.

East Montpelier, town in Washington County.

East Montpelier Center, place in East Montpelier, Washington County.

East Newark, place in Newark, Orange County.

East Orange, place in Orange, Orange County.

East Peacham, place in Peacham, Caledonia County.

East Pittsford, place in Pittsford, Rutland County.

East Poultney, place in Poultney, Rutland County.

East Putney, place in Putney, Windham County.

East Putney Station, place in Putney, Windham County.

East Randolph, place in Randolph, Orange County.

East Richford, place in Richford, Franklin County.

East Roxbury, place in Roxbury, Washington County.

East Rupert, place in Rupert, Bennington County.

East Ryegate, place in Ryegate, Caledonia County.

East Sheldon, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

East Shoreham, place in Shoreham, Addison County.

East St. Johnsbury, place in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County.

East Sutton Ridge, place in Sutton, Caledonia County.

East Swanton, place in Swanton, Franklin County.

East Thetford, place in Thetford, Orange County.

East Topsham, place in Topsham, Orange County.

East Wallingford, place in Wallingford, Rutland County.

East Warren, place in Warren, Washington County.

East Wells, place in Wells, Rutland County.

East Wilmington, place in Wilmington, Windham County.

Eden, town in Lamoille County.

Eden Mills, place in Eden, Lamoille County.

Edgewater, place in Marshfield, Washington County.

Egypt, place in Fairfield, Franklin County.

Elm Point, place in Addison, Addison County.

Elmore, town in Lamoille County.

Ely, place in Fairlee, Orange County.

Emerson, place in Rochester, Windsor County.

Enosburgh, town in Franklin County.

Enosburg Center, RFD Enosburg Falls, Franklin County.

Enosburg Falls, village in Enosburgh, Franklin County.

Essex, town in Chittenden County.

Essex Center, place in Essex, Chittenden County.

Essex Junction, incorporated village in Chittenden County.  Originally "Hubbels Falls" after an original settler, it was renamed "Painesville" in the mid-19th century for Gov. Charles Paine, who also contracted the state's rail system. The Junction name comes from the layout of that system, based on Paine's economic interest rather than population growth centers, which put the rail through Essex, instead of Burlington (Doran, 1995, BFP, March 21:4B).

Evansville, village in Brownington, Orleans County.

Ewell's Mill, place in Peacham, Caledonia County.
 
 

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Factory Point, place in Manchester, Bennington County.

Factory Village, place in Barre, Washington County.

Factoryville, place in Chester, Windsor County.

Fair Ground, place in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County.

Fair Haven, town in Rutland County.

Fairbanks, place in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County.

Fairfax, town in Franklin County.

Fairfax Falls, place in Fairfax, Franklin County.

Fairfax Plains, place in Fairfax, Franklin County.

Fairfield, town in Franklin County.

Fairfield Pond, place in Fairfield, Franklin County.  Was once known as Dream Pond. Gardiner Barnum, UVM professor reports that Dream Pond recalls an 1842 incident in which a man was convicted of murder after a woman dreamed she saw him drowning a mother and her baby there. (Wallace, 1994).

Fairfield Station, place in Fairfield, Franklin County.

Fairground, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

Fairlee, town in Orange County.

Farrington, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

Fayetteville, place in Newfane, Windham County.

Fays Corner, place in Richmond, Chittenden County.

Fayston, town in Washington County.

Fayville, place in Glastenbury, Bennington County.

Fee Fee Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Felchville, place in Reading, Windsor County.

Ferdinand, township in Essex County.

Fernville, place in Leicester, Addison County.

Ferrisburgh, town in Addison County.

Ferrisburg Station, place in Ferrisburg, Addison County.

Fieldsville, place in Hartland, Windsor County.

Fish Bladder Island, place in Lake Champlain, Grand Isle County.

Fisk Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Fitzdale, former name of Gilman an unincorporated place in Lunenburg, Essex County.

Lunenburg, town in Essex County.

Five Corners, place in Plymouth, Windsor County.

Five-Mile Point, place in Shoreham, Addison County.

Flamstead - Chester was chartered as Flamstead in 1754. It went unsettled and was re-chartered as New Flamstead in 1761.

Fletcher, town in Franklin County.

Florence, village in Pittsford, Rutland County.

Florence Junction, place in Pittsford, Rutland County.

Folsom, place in Lyndon, Caledonia County.

Fonda, place in Swanton, Franklin County.

Forestdale, village in Brandon, Rutland County.

Fort Cassin Point, place in Ferrisburg, Addison County.

Four Corners, place in Newbury, Orange County.

Foxville, place in Williamstown, Orange County.

Franklin, town and County.

Freedleyville, place in Dorset, Bennington County.

French Hollow, place in Winhall, Bennington County.

French Settlement, place in Highgate, Franklin County.

Fullum - Dummerston was chartered as Fullum in 1753
 
 

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Gallup Mills, village in town of Victory, Essex County.

Garden Island, place in Lake Champlain (Charlotte), Chittenden County.

Gardiner Island, place in Lake Champlain near Ferrisburg, Addison County.

Garfield, place in Hyde Park, Lamoille County.

Gassetts, a village in Chester - a small village at intersection of Rt. 10 and 103 in Chester, on the main road from Springfield to Ludlow.

Gaysville, place in Stockbridge, Windsor County.

Gebbie Corner, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

Georgia, town in Franklin County.

Georgia Center, place in Georgia, Franklin County.

Georgia Plains, place in Georgia, Franklin County, RFD Milton.

Gilead, place somewhere in central VT. Got a reputation because a patent medicine, the "Green Mountain Balm of Gilead, produced there (presumably it was produced there ) from the 1860s to the 1890s by Milton Paine, an apothecary from Windsor. It was used as a treatment for pain, inflammation, lameness, rheumatism and frostbite. The balm professed to "extract the coagulated poisonous impurities of the system."

Gilman, a place in Lunenburg, Essex County.  Was formerly called Fitzdale.

Glastenbury, town in Bennington County.  "Glossenbury" was the spelling used on the original charter, probably to reflect the pronunciation of the English town of Glastonbury. When officials later tried to correct the spelling, they still got one letter wrong.

Grub Corner, hamlet shown on old maps located where Sherburne (now Killington) meets Chittenden and Mendon. Men coming in with logs for the sawmill there could get a shave, a meal and a cup of coffee before returning to the woods (Swift, 1978).

Glossenbury, original charter name of Glastenbury, a town in Bennington County (see above).

Glover, town in Orleans County.

Goodellville, place in Mt. Holly, Rutland County.

Goodrich Four Corners, place in Norwich, Windsor County.

Goose City, place in Dover, Windham County.

Goose Green, place in Corinth, Orange County.

Goose Point, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Gordon Landing, village in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Gorhamtown, place in Poultney, Rutland County.

Goshen, town in Addison County.

Goshen Four Corners, place in Goshen, Addison County.

Gospel Village, place in Barre, Washington County.

Gould's Mills, place in Springfield, Windsor County.

Grafton, town in Windham County.

Grahamsville, place in Ludlow, Windsor County.

Granby, town in Essex County.

Grand Isle, town and county.

Grand Isle Station, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Grangerville, place in Pittsford, Rutland County.

Granite Junction, place in Hardwick, Caledonia County.

Graniteville, place in Barre Town, Washington County.

Granville, town in Addison County.

Graveyard Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Green Bay, place in Peacham, Caledonia County.

Greenbush, place in Weathersfield, Windsor County.

Greens Corners, place in Swanton, Franklin County.

Green River, place in Guilford, Windham County.

Greensboro, town in Orleans County.

Greensboro Bend, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

Greensboro Four Corners, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

Griffith, old place in Danby, Rutland County.  Lumberman Silas Griffith of Danby established this village when his crews were clear-cutting these hillsides at the turn of the century. The path called the Old Job Trail follows Lake Brook to a big clearing where the village once stood.

Groton, town in Caledonia County.

Groton Pond, place in Groton, Caledonia County.

Grout, place in Westminster, Windham County.

Guildhall, town in Essex County.

Guilford, town Windham County.

Guilford Center, place in Guilford, Windham County.

Gull Island, place in Lake Champlain, Grand Isle County.
 
 

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Halifax, town in Windham County

Halifax Center, place in Halifax, Windham County

Halls Lake, place in Newbury, Orange County.

Hammondsville, hamlet in Reading, Windsor County.

Hancock, town in Addison County.

Hanksville, village in Huntington, Chittenden County.

Hardscrabble, place in Springfield, Windsor County.

Hardwick, town in Caledonia County.

Hardwick Village, place in Hardwick Town, Caledonia County

East Hardwick, post office in Hardwick Town, Caledonia County.

Harmonyville, place in Townshend, Windham County.

Harrisville, place in Halifax, Windham County.

Hartford, town in Windsor County (see White River Junction, Dewey's Mills, Quechee, and Hartford Village).

Hartford Village, place in Hartford Town, Windsor County.

Hartland, town in Windsor County. Hartland was originally named Hertford in its 1761 charter. The 1782 Vermont Legislature changed the town's name to Hartland to avoid confusing it with Hartford, its neighbor to the north.

Hartland Four Corners, place in Hartland Town, Windsor County.

Hartwellville, place in East Haven, Essex County.

Harvey, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

Haskinsville, place in Hyde Park, Lamoille County.

Hathaway Point, place in St. Albans, Franklin County.

Hazens Road, place in Hardwick, Caledonia County.

Healdville - place in Mt. Holly, Rutland County.

Heartwellville - place in Readsboro, Bennington County.

Hectorville, place in Montgomery, Franklin County.

Hen Island, place in Lake Champlain (North Hero), Grand Isle County.

Hewetts Corners, place in Pomfret, Windsor County.

Hibbard Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Highgate, town in Franklin County

Highgate Center, place in Highgate, Franklin County. 

Highgate Falls, place in Highgate, Franklin County.

Highgate Springs, place in Highgate, Franklin County.

Hill Point, place in Charlotte, Chittenden County.

Hinesburg, town in Chittenden County.

Hinsdale (now the town of Vernon), Vermont was originally part of Hinsdale, NH, and was called Hinsdale until 1802. For 15 years, from 1749 to 1764, NY and NH fought for a territory called Hinsdale West. It wasn't until the king of England declared the Connecticut River the western boundary of NH that the dispute was settled. Later, when the area became part of VT - it would be renamed Vernon, a name suggested by Lavinia (Swan) Hunt of Boston. It is the ONLY town in VT named by a woman and it was for her that her husband, Jonathan Hunt (Vermont's Lieutenant Governor from 1794-96) built a colonial home here in 1789.

Hog Island, place in Lake Champlain, Franklin County.

Hog Island Point, place in Hog Island, Franklin County.

Holcomb Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Holden, place in Chittenden Town, Rutland County

Holland, town in Orleans County

Hollister, place in Pittsford, Rutland County.

Hooker Siding, place in Bradford, Orange County.

Horseneck Island, place in Lake Memphremagog near Newport, Orleans County.

Hortonia, place in Mt. Holly and Hubbardton, Rutland County, RFD Orwell.

Hortonville, place in Mt. Holly, Rutland County.

Houghtonville, village in Grafton, Windham County.

Howard Hill, place in Benson, Rutland County.

Hoyt Point, place in South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Hubbard Corner, place in Georgia, Franklin County.

Hubbardton, town in Rutland County.

Huntington, town in Chittenden County - Originally "New Huntington," the federal government officially called the town "Huntingdon" from 1827 to 1842 because of a clerical error in naming the post office. (Doran, 1995, BFP, March 21:4B).

Huntington Center, place in Huntington, Chittenden County.

Huntsville, place in Fairfax, Franklin County.

Hutchins, place in Montgomery, Franklin County.

Hyde Park, town in Lamoille County

Hyde Park Village, Incorporated Village in Hyde Park

Hyde Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Hydeville - PO in Castleton, Rutland County.
 
 

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Indian Point, place in Newport, Orleans County.

Ira, town in Rutland County

Irasburg, town in Orleans County.

Irasville, place in Waitsfield, Washington County.

Island Pond, Brighton Town, Essex County

Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County
 
 

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Jackson Corner, place in Williamstown, Orange County.

Jackson Point, place in South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Jacksonville - incorporated village of Whitingham, Windham County.

Jamaica, town in Windham County. Includes East Jamaica and Rawsonville, Windham County.

Jay, town in Orleans County.

Jeffersonville, village in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

Jericho, town in Chittenden County.

Jericho, incorporated village, Chittenden County.

Jericho Center, place in Jericho, Chittenden County.

Jerusalem, place in Starksboro, Addison County.

Joe's Pond, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

Johnson, town in Lamoille County.

Jonesville, place in Richmond, Chittenden County.

Jordon Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Junction, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

Juniper Island, place in Lake Champlain near Shelburne, Chittenden County.
 
 

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Kansas, place in Sunderland, Bennington County.

Keeler Bay, Grand Isle County

Keenes Corner, place in Glover, Orleans County.

Kelley Stand, place in Sunderland, Bennington County.

Kellog Island, place in Lake Champlain near South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Kendricks Corner, place in Springfield, Windsor County.

Kennedy Corners, place in Chelsea, Washington County.

Kents Corner, place in Calais, Washington County.

Kibbie Point, place in South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Killington, town in Rutland County. In 1800 Killington was renamed Sherburne in honor of Colonel Benjamin Sherburne, one of the original grantees of the town. Because of the popularity of Killington Resort, the town has long been identified as "Killington" (especially by skiiers), regardless of its real name. So much confusion was experienced by people looking for Killington (not realizing that they actually wanted Sherburne) that residents voted in 1999 to revert to the town's original name. The first alpine ski lift in the United States built here in 1940.

Kimball, place in Barton, Orleans County.

Kirby, town in Caledonia County.

Kirby Corner, place in Williston, Chittenden County.

Knight Island, place in Lake Champlain (North Hero), Grand Isle County.

Knight Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.
 
 

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Ladd Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Lake, station in Norton, Essex County.

Lake Bomoseen, village in Castleton, Rutland County.

Lake Dunmore, summer colony in Salisbury, Addison County.

Lake Elmore, place in Elmore, Lamoille County.

Lake Morey, place in Fairlee, Orange County.

Lake Park, place in Derby, Orleans County.

Lake Raponda, place in Wilmington, Windham County.

Lake Rescue, place in Ludlow, Windsor County.

Lake Salem, place in Derby, Orleans County.

Lake St. Catherine, place in Wells, Rutland County.

Lakewood Spur, place in Swanton, Franklin County.

Landgrove, town in Bennington County.

Lanesboro, place in Marshfield, Washington County.

Lapham Bay, place in Shoreham, Addison County.

Larrabees Point, boat colony in Shoreham, Addison County.

Law Island, place in Lake Champlain near Colchester, Chittenden County.

Lawrence Four Corners, place in Windham, Windham County.

Lazy Lady Island, place in Lake Champlain near Georgia, Franklin County.

Leicester, town in Addison County.

Leicester Junction, place in Leicester, Addison County.

Lemington, town in Essex County.

Lewis, town in Essex County.

Lewiston, village in Norwich, Windsor County.

Lillieville, place in Bethel, Windsor County.

Lime Kiln Point, place in Highgate, Franklin County.

Lime Rock Point, place in Georgia, Franklin County.

Lincoln, town in Addison County.

Little Bluff, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Little Hollow, place in Rochester, Windsor County.

Livermoreville, place Londonderry, Windham County.

Londonderry, town in Windham County.

Lone Rock Point, place in Burlington, Chittenden County.

Long Point, place in Ferrisburgh, Addison County.

Lost Nation (3) - Three references to Lost Nation in Vermont. There was never an incorporated town or Village of Lost Nation, rather, there were three "settlements" bearing that name. The following references are excerpts from a book entitle "Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History" by Esther Munroe Swift (1977), published by The Stephen Green Press, Brattleboro, Vermont. This book is now out of print:

 Lost Nation in Essex Town, Chittenden County: "Lost Nation in Essex was off in the western part of town, toward Colchester. The story of the name is supposed to have been that someone got lost in the area; when he was finally found, he announced that he had been at Lost Nation. The other possibility is that there was a small settlement in the area and, since getting there was a difficult feat, the community was in effect a lost one." (p. 173)

 Lost Nation in Fairfield Town, Franklin County: "Some local nicknames for various areas within the town were retained in the names for schools or school districts as recently as the 1950s and '60s. Lost Nation probably was nicknamed because it was an area far from the more settled sections of town." (p. 236)

Lost Nation in Bethel Town, Windsor County: "Bethel, like many other Vermont Towns, had a Lost Nation--a remote area that must have seemed a long way from everywhere, especially when winter made roads difficult to travel." (p. 525)

Lowell, town in Orleans County.

Lower Cabot, village in Cabot, Washington County.

Lower Graniteville, place in Barre, Washington County.

Lower Granville, place in Granville, Addison County.

Lower Narrows, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

Lower Plain, place in Bradford, Orange County.

Lower Village, place in Stowe, Lamoille County.

Lower Waterford, place in Waterford, Caledonia County.

Lower Websterville, place in Barre, Washington County.

Ludlow - Windsor County, Tyson is a village just north of Ludlow into Plymouth.

Ludlow, incorporated village in Ludlow, Windsor County.

Lunenburg, town in Essex County.

Lyman, place in Hartford, Windsor County.

Lyndon, town in Caledonia County.

Lyndon Center, place in Lyndon, Caledonia County.

Lyndon Corner, place in Lyndon, Caledonia County.

Lyndonville, incorporated village in Lyndon, Caledonia County.
 
 

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Mac Donough Point, place in Ferrisburg, Addison County.

McGregg Point, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Mackville, place in Hardwick, Caledonia County

Macoyville, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

Mad River Glen, place in Waitsfield, Washington County.

Madonna, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

Magowan, place in Newport, Orleans County.

Maidstone, town in Essex County

Malletts Bay, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Mallets Head, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Manchester, Manchester Center, Manchester Depot - First meeting place of the Council of Safety which originated the plans for Vermont's part in the Revolution. Bennington County.

Manchester, incorporated village of Manchester, Bennington County.

Manchester Center, place in Manchester, Bennington County.

Manchester Depot, place in Manchester, Bennington County.

Mansfield (see also Sterling) - Mansfields last representative for the Vermont Legislature, Ivory Luce, chained himself to a desk in protest. The town of Mansfield was divided between Underhill and Stowe and vanished from the map.

Maple Corner, place in Calais, Washington County.

Maple Dell, place in Springfield, Windsor County.

Maquam, place in Swanton, Franklin County.

Marlboro, town in Windham County. In early years noted for the number of wolves and bitter Indian fighting.

Marshfield, town in Washington County.

Marshfield Station, place in Marshfield, Washington County.

Martindale Point, place in Wagner Island, Franklin County.

Mary Meyer, place in Townshed, Windham County.

Mayo, place in Concord, Essex County.

McIndoe Falls, place in Barnet, Caledonia County.

McIndoes, Station from Canada Pacific Railroad, Caledonia County.

Meach Island, place in Charlotte, Chittenden County.

Mechanicsville, place in Hinesburg, Chittenden County.

Medburyville, place in Wilmington, Windham County.

Melville Landing, place in Georgia, Franklin County.

Mendon - First chartered as Medway, changed to Parkerstown and became Mendon in 1827. Rutland County

Merrill Corner, place in Albany, Orleans County.

Metcalf Island, place in Lake Champlain near Highgate, Franklin County.

Michigan, place in Chittenden, Rutland County.

Middle Hollow, place in Rochester, Windsor County.

Middlebury, town in Addison County

Middlesex, town in Washington County. Settled by Thomas Mead, the first settler in Washington County.

Middlesex Center, place in Middlesex, Washington County.

Middletown Springs, town in Rutland County.

Middletown, place in Andover, Windsor County.

Mile Point, place in Ferrisburgh, Addison County.

Miles Pond, place in Concord, Essex County.

Mill Village, place in Vershire, Orange County.

Mill Village, place in Craftsbury, Orleans County.

Mills Point, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Milton - Named for the English poet, John Milton. Chittenden County.

Milton, incorporated village, Chittenden County.

Miltonboro, place in Milton, Chittenden County.

Milton Falls, place in Milton, Chittenden County.

Missisquoi, place in Richford, Franklin County.

Molly's Pond, place in Cabot, Washington County.

Monkton - town in Addison County.

Monkton Boro, place in Monkton, Addison County.

Monkton Ridge, place in Monkton, Addison County.

Monro - a town that never was. (Don't confuse with Woodbury in Washington County, which changed its name to Monroe around 1838). In 1809 the residents of four adjoining towns -- Bethel and Royalton in Windsor County, Randolph and Tunbridge in Orange - petitioned the Vermont Legislature to create a new town - Monro - from the corners of the four towns. It was proposed that Bethel would contribute 2,355 acres, Royalton 2,560, Tunbridge 2,270 and Randolph 2,100. The background for the request was the difficulty experienced by the residents of the respective corners in getting to their village centers to conduct business and take part in town government. The records of the Governor and Council indicated that the request was taken seriously and referred to committee; but the petition went around and around the legislature and finally was dismissed in 1823 (Swift, 1976: 317-8).

Monroe, former name of the town of Woodbury in Washington County. The name was changed around 1938.

Montgomery, town in Franklin County. Once a thriving trading and lumbering town, it's now known for Jay Peak ski area.

Montgomery Center, place in Montgomery, Franklin County.

Montpelier - Established as the state capital in 1805.Washington County.

Montpelier Junction, place in Montpelier, Washington County.

Moretown - Many lives and property destroyed by a great flood in 1830. Washington County.

Moretown Common, place in Moretown, Washington County.

Morgan - Originally called Caldersburgh, the country of woodsmen, hunters and fisherman. Orleans County.

Morgan Center, place in Morgan, Orleans County.

Morristown - A Confederate bell, which escaped being melted for cannon balls, hangs in the Advent Church. Morrisville, Morses Line, and Moscow. Lamoille County.

Morristown Corners, place in Morristown, Lamoille County.

Morrisville, village in Morristown, Lamoille County.

Morses Line, place in Franklin, Franklin County, US Entry Point.

Morses Mill, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

Moscow, place in Stowe, Lamoille County.

Mosquitoville, place in either Barnet or Ryegate, Caledonia County.

Mount Holly - 1849, last spike of VT Central RR driven at Summit Station linking Boston to Burlington. Rutland County.

Mount Mansfield, in Stowe, Lamoille County.

Mount Snow, in Dover, Windham County.

Mount Tabor, town in Rutland County. Wild and mountainous, once lumbered by millionaire lumber king, Silas L. Griffith.

Mud Island, place in Lake Champlain near Panton, Addison County.

Mud Point, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

"Mutton Hill (In Charlotte, two Mutton hills: one of them in a development bearing the hill's name - harkening back to the days when sheep outnumbered people in the town. To make matters more confusing the Mutton Hill behind the Congressional Church was sometimes called Jones Hill." "... Mutton Hill is officially behind the Congregational Church, and the hill in the Mutton Hill development is actually Cedar Ridge." (Doran, 1995, BFP:4B).
 
 

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Nelsons Corners, place in Weathersfield, Windsor County.

Neshobe, place in Castleton, Rutland County.

New Boston, place in Norwich, Windsor County.

New Haven, town in Addison County.

New Haven Junction, place in New Haven, Addison County.

New Haven Mills, place in New Haven, Addison County.

Newark - Once achieved fame for its large number for mineral springs. Caledonia County.

Newark Hollow, place in Newark, Caledonia County.

Newbury - Orange County, includes Wells River, not to be confused with Wells, a town in Rutland County.

Newbury Center, place in Newbury, Orange County.

Newbury Village, incorporated village of Newbury, Orange County.

Newfane - Location of one of the finest colonial court houses in New England. South Newfane and Williamsville, Windham County.

Newport - Site of Memphremagog House, a famous hotel until destroyed by fire. Home of Charles F. Adams, founder of First National Stores, who introduced professional hockey to this country. Orleans County.

Newport Center, place in Newport Town, Orleans County.

Newport Town, place in Newport, Orleans County.

Nichols Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Noaks Island, place in Lake Champlain near Highgate, Franklin County.

North Bennington, incorporated village in Bennington County.

North Brownington, place in Brownington, Orleans County.

North Burlington, place in Burlington, Chittenden County.

North Calais, place in Calais, Washington County.

North Cambridge, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

North Chester, place in Chester, Windsor County.

North Clarendon, place in Clarendon, Rutland County.

North Concord, place in Concord, Essex County.

North Craftsbury, place in Craftsbury, Orleans County.

North Danville, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

North Derby, place in Derby, Orleans County.

North Dorset, place in Dorset, Bennington County.

North Duxbury, place in Duxbury, Washington County.

North Enosburg, place in Enosburgh, Franklin County.

North Fairfax, place in Fairfax, Franklin County.

North Fayston, place in Fayston, Washington County.

North Ferrisburgh, place in Ferrisburgh, Addison County.

North Georgia, place in Georgia, Franklin County.

North Goshen, place in Goshen, Addison County.

North Hartland, place in Hartland, Windsor County.

North Hero, town in Grand Isle County.

North Hollow, place in Rochester, Windsor County.

North Hyde Park, place in Hyde Park, Lamoille County.

North Junction, place in St.. Albans, Franklin County.

North Kirby, place in Kirby, Caledonia County.

North Landgrove, place in Landgrove, Bennington County.

North Montpelier, place in East Montpelier, Washington County.

North Moretown, place in Moretown, Washington County.

North Orwell, place in Orwell, Addison County.

North Pawlet, place in Pawlet, Rutland County.

North Peacham, place in Peacham, Caledonia County.

North Pomfret, place in Pomfret, Windsor County.

North Pownal, place in Pownal, Bennington County.

North Randolph, place in Randolph, Orange County.

North Royalton, place in Royalton, Windsor County.

North Rupert, place in Rupert, Bennington County.

North Shaftsbury, place in Shaftsbury, Bennington County.

North Sheldon, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

North Sherburne, place in Killington (formerly Sherburne), Rutland County.

North Shrewsbury, place in Shrewsbury, Rutland County.

North Springfield, place in Springfield, Windsor County.

North Thetford, place in Thetford, Orange County.

North Troy, village in Troy, Orleans County.

North Tunbridge, place in Tunbridge, Orange County.

North Underhill, place in Underhill, Chittenden County.

North Walden, place in Walden, Caledonia County.

North Wardsboro, place in Wardsboro, Windham County.

North Westminster, village in Westminster, Windham County.

North Williston, place in Williston, Chittenden County.

North Windham, place in Londonderry, Windham County.

North Wolcott, place in Wolcott, Lamoille County.

Northam, place in Shrewsbury, Rutland County.

Northboro, place in Thetford, Orange County.

Northfield, town in Washington County. See also Northfield Center.

Northfield Center, place in Northfield, Washington County.

Northfield Falls, place in Northfield, Washington County.

Norton - Now a Port of Entry, once had no road to VT except through Canada. Essex County.

Norwich, town in Windsor County.

Nourses Corner, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Noyesville, place in Walden, Caledonia County.
 
 

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Oakland, village in Georgia, Franklin County.

Old Bennington, place in Bennington, Bennington County.

Old Church, Windsor County

Old City, place in Strafford, Orange County.

Olympus - a neighborhood in Bethel.

Orange, town in Orange County.

Orchard Point, place in Shelburne, Chittenden County.

Orleans, village in Barton, Orleans County.

Orwell, town in Addison County.
 
 

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Packer Corner, place in Guilford, Windham County.

Pages, place in Concord, Essex County.

Pages Corner, place in Essex, Chittenden County.

Panton, town in Addison County. 1776 Benedict Arnold's ships were burned in what came to be known as Arnold's Bay.

Paper Mill Village, place in Bennington County.

Parker's Mill, place in Springfield, Windsor County.

Passumpsic, place in Barnet, Caledonia County.

Patch Pond, see Lake Ninevah, Mount Holly.

Pawlet, town in Rutland County. One of the centers for Revolutionary troops and Herrick's Rangers, the "Terror of the Tories".

Peach Four Corners, place in Newbury, Orange County.

Peacham, town in Caledonia County. Founded by Deacon Jonathan Elkins who built a tavern in 1787, which still stands today.

Peacham Hollow, place in Peacham, Caledonia County.

Pearl, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Peaseville, place in Andover, Windsor County.

Pedden Acres, place in Springfield, Windsor County.

Pekin, place in Calais, Washington County.

Pelots Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Perkinsville - an area in Weathersfield, also Lower Perkinsville, Windsor County.

Perkinsville, place in Plainfield, Washington County.

Peru, town in Bennington County. Monument marks a camp of John Stark on his way from NH to Bennington.

Peters Four Corners, place in Shaftsbury, Bennington County.

Peth, place in Braintree, Orange County.

Phelps Falls, place in Troy, Orleans County.

Phelps Point, place in South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Picket Island, place in Lake Champlain near Charlotte, Chittenden County.

Pierces Corner, place in Clarendon, Rutland County.

Piermont Station, place in Bradford, Orange County.

Pikes Falls, place in Jamaica, Windham County.

Pittsfield, town in Rutland County. Birthplace of Charles W. Emerson, founder of the noted Boston college of the same name.

Pittsford, town in Rutland County. Home of Samuel Hopkins, a farmer who in 1790 was issued the first US patent. East Pittsford and Florence.

Pittsford Mills, place in Pittsford, Rutland County.

Plainfield, town in Washington County. Chartered originally as St. Andrew's Gore.

Pleasant Valley, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

Plumies Point, place in Bridport, Addison County.

Plymouth, town in Windsor County, Birthplace of John Calvin Coolidge. Plymouth Union.

Plymouth Union, place in Plymouth, Windsor County.

Podunk, place in Wardsboro, Windham County.

Point of the Tongue, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Pomfret, town in Windsor County. Settled by men from Pomfret, Connecticut who found evidence of aterrific hurricane.

Pompanoosuc, place in Norwich, Windsor County.

Poposquash Island, place in Lake Champlain near St. Albans, Franklin County.

Porter Point, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Post Mills, place in Thetford, Orange County.

Potash Bay, place in Addison County.

Potash Point, place in Panton, Addison County.

Pottersville, place in Wolcott, Lamoille County.

Poultney, town in Rutland County. Home of Horace Greely founder of the NY Herald and his coworker, George Jones, who founded the NY Times.

Poultney, incorporated village, Rutland County.

Pownal, town in Bennington County. Site of Oak Grove Seminary where two Presidents, James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, were instructors.

Pownal Center, place in Pownal, Bennington County.

Prindle Corners, place in Charlotte, Chittenden County.

Proctor, town in Rutland County. Named for the founder of the VT Marble Company, Redfield Proctor.

Proctorsville, village in Cavendish, Windsor County.

Prospect Hill, place in Rutland, Rutland County.

Prosper - place in Woodstock, Windsor County.

Providence Island, place in Lake Champlain near South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Province Island, place in Lake Memphremagog, Orleans County.

Province Point, place in Lake Champlain near Canada, Grand Isle County.

Purgatory - Both Mount (Mt) Tabor and Danby share a village called Purgatory, a name that in New England denotes a difficult place to reach or cross.

Putnamville - place in Middlesex, stage from Montpelier, Washington County.

Putney, town in Windham County. Site of a communist society named Perfectionist, later moved to Oneida where became world famous.

Pocock - Bristol was originally named Pocock when it was chartered in 1762. At that time, England had declared war against Spain, and Admiral Sir George Pocock led England's critical capture of Havana, Cuba. As a result, he received three pieces of land in 1788: Coventry [X], Buel's Gore[x], and Coventry Leg (or Coventry Gore) which was annexed to Newport in 1816. In 1789 the legislature changes the town's name to Bristol, probably after Bristol, RI, which was well known for its manufacturing and for the British attack it sustained in 1778.

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Quaker Smith Point, place in Shelburne, Chittenden County.

Quechee, place in Hartford, Windsor County.

Queen City Park, place in South Burlington, Chittenden County.

Queneska Island, place in Lake Champlain near Shelburne, Chittenden County.
 
 

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Ralston Corner, place in Concord, Essex County.

Randolph, town in Orange County. Home of the stallion, Justin Morgan, first in the line of the Morgan breed of horses.

Randolph Center, place in Randolph, Orange County.

Raponda Turn, place in Wilmington, Windham County.

Rawsonville - a village in Jamaica, Windham County.

Reading, town in Windsor County. Birthplace of world famous Budd Hawkins seed company.

Readsboro, town in Bennington County

Readsboro Falls, place in Readsboro, Bennington County.

Red Rock Point, place in South Burlington, Chittenden County.

Red Rock Point, place in Colchester, Chittenden County.

Red Village, place in Lyndon, Caledonia County.

Reed Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Reid Hollow, place in Halifax, Windham County.

Reynolds Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Rhode Island Corners, place in Hinesburg, Chittenden County.

Rice Mills, place in Thetford, Orange County.

Richford, town in Franklin County. Once site of a Chinese immigrant station which provided labor for American railroads.

Richmond, town in Chittenden County. Site of a 16-sided "round" church built in 1813, considered the first community church in the country.

Richville, place in Manchester, Bennington County.

Rickers Mills, place in Groton, Caledonia County.

Rickers, place in Groton, Caledonia County, station name for Ricker Mills.

Riders Corners, place in Corinth, Orange County.

Ripton , town in Addison County.

Riverside, place in Jericho, Chittenden County and also in Rockingham, Windham County, PO Underhill.

Riverton, place in Berlin, Washington County.

Robinson, small village in Rochester, Windsor County.

Robinson Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Robinson Point, place in South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Rochester, town in Windsor County.

Rock Dunder, very small island on Lake Champlain near Shelburne, Chittenden County.

Rockingham, town in Windham County. Long industrial history including the production of the first paper made from wood pulp.

Rock Island, (two entries): an island in Lake Champlain near Panton, Addison County; and an island in Lake Champlain near Georgia, Franklin County.

Rockville, place in Starksboro, Addison County.

Rocky Dale, place in Bristol, Addison County.

Round Pond, place in Newbury, Orange County.

Roxbury, town in Washington County.

Roxbury Flat, place in Roxbury, Washington County.

Royalton, town in Windsor County.

Rupert, town in Bennington County.

Russellville, place in Shrewsbury, Rutland County.

Rustown, place in Hartford, Windsor County.

Rutland City, Rutland County.

Rutland Town, Rutland County.

Ryegate, town in Caledonia County.

Ryegate Corner, place in Ryegate, Caledonia County.
 
 

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Sadawga Springs, place in Whitingham, Windham County.

Saint Albans, City in Franklin County.

Saint Albans, town in Franklin County.

Saint Albans Bay, place in St. Albans, Franklin County.

St. Albans North, place in St. Albans, Franklin County.

St. Albans Point, place in St. Albans, Franklin County.

Saint George, town in Chittenden County.

Saint Johnsbury, town in Caledonia County. Home of Thaddeus Fairbanks whose 1830 invention of a platform scale led Saint Johnsbury to prosperity and fame.

Saint Johnsbury Center, place in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County.

Saint Rocks, place in Fairfield, Franklin County.

Salisbury town in Addison County.

Salisbury Station, place in Salisbury, Addison County.

Samsonville, place in Enosburgh, Franklin County.

Sanderson Corner, place in Fairfax, Franklin County.

Sandgate, town in Bennington County.

Sandy Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Sandy Point, place in Swanton, Franklin County.

Savage Island, place in Lake Champlain near Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Savage Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Sawyer Island, place in Lake Champlain near South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Saxton Point, place in Shelburne, Chittenden County.

Saxtons River, village in Rockingham, Windham County.

Scott Point, place in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County.

Scottsville, place in Danby, Rutland County.

Searsburg, town in Bennington County

Shad Island, place in Lake Champlain near Highgate, Franklin County.

Shady Rill, place in Middlesex, Washington County.

Shaftsbury, town in Bennington County.

Shaftsbury Center, place in Shaftsbury, Bennington County.

Sharon, town in Windsor County. Birthplace of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Religion.

Shawville, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

Sheddsville, place in West Windsor, Windsor County.

Sheffield, town in Caledonia County.

Shelburne, town in Chittenden County.

Shelburne Falls, place in Shelburne, Chittenden County.

Shelburne Point, place in Shelburne, Chittenden County.

Sheldon, town in Franklin County.

Sheldon Junction, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

Sheldon Springs, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

Sherburne, former name of Killington, Rutland County. In 1800 Killington was renamed Sherburne in honor of Colonel Benjamin Sherburne, one of the original grantees of the town. Because of the popularity of Killington Resort, the town has long been identified as "Killington" (especially by skiiers), regardless of its real name. So much confusion was experienced by people looking for Killington (not realizing that they actually wanted Sherburne) that residents voted in 1999 to revert to the town's original name. The first alpine ski lift in the United States was built here in 1940.

Sherburne Center, place in Killington (formerly Sherburne), Rutland County.

Sherman, place in Whitingham, Windham County.

Shoreham , town in Addison County.

Shoreham Center, place in Shoreham, Addison County.

Shrewsbury, town in Rutland County.

Simms Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Simonsville, village in Andover, Windsor County.

Simpsonville, place in Townshend, Windham County.

Sloop Island, place in Lake Champlain near Charlotte, Chittenden County.

Smith Four Corners, place in Walden, Caledonia County.

Smithville, place in Ludlow, Windsor County.

Snowsville, place in Braintree, Orange County.

Sodom, place in Shaftsbury, Bennington County.

Somerset, town in Windham County.

South Albany, place in Albany, Orleans County.

South Alburgh, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

South Barre, place in Barre, Washington County.

South Barton, place in Barton, Orleans County.

South Burlington City in Chittenden County.

South Cabot, place in Cabot, Washington County.

South Cambridge, place in Cambridge, Lamoille County.

South Canaan, place in Canaan, Essex County.

South Corinth, place in Corinth, Orange County.

South Danville, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

South Dorset, place in Dorset, Bennington County.

South Duxbury, place in Duxbury, Washington County.

South End, place in Mt. Tabor, Rutland County.

South Franklin, place in Sheldon, Franklin County.

South Halifax, place in Halifax, Windham County.

South Hero, town in Grand Isle County.

South Hinesburg, place in Hinesburg, Chittenden County.

South Hollow, place in Rochester, Windsor County.

South Kirby, place in Kirby, Caledonia County.

South Lincoln, place in Lincoln, Addison County.

South Londonderry, place in Londonderry, Windham County.

South Lunenburg, place in Lunenburg, Essex County.

South Newbury, place in Newbury, Orange County.

South Newfane, place in Newfane, Windham County.

South Newport, place in Newport, Orleans County.

South Northfield, place in Northfield, Washington County.

South Peacham, place in Peacham, Caledonia County.

South Pomfret, place in Pomfret, Windsor County.

South Poultney, place in Poultney, Rutland County.

South Randolph, place in Randolph, Orange County.

South Reading, place in Reading, Windsor County.

South Richford, place in Richford, Franklin County.

South Royalton, place in Royalton, Windsor County.

South Ryegate, place in Ryegate, Caledonia County.

South Shaftsbury, place in Shaftsbury, Bennington County.

South Sherburne, place in Killington (formerly Sherburne), Rutland County.

South Starksboro, place in Starksboro, Addison County.

South Strafford, place in Strafford, Orange County.

South Tunbridge, place in Tunbridge, Orange County.

South Vernon, place in Vernon, Windham County.

South Vershire, place in Vershire, Orange County.

South Victory, place in Victory, Essex County.

South Walden, place in Walden, Caledonia County.

South Wallingford, place in Wallingford, Rutland County.

South Wardsboro, place in Wardsboro, Windham County.

South Washington, place in Washington, Orange County.

South Wheelock, place in Wheelock, Caledonia County.

South Windham, place in Windham, Windham County.

South Woodbury, place in Woodbury, Washington County.

South Woodstock, place in Woodstock, Windsor County.

Spoonerville, place in Chester, Windsor County.

Springfield, town in Windsor County.

Stacey Crossing, place in Benson, Rutland County.

Stamford, town in Bennington County.

Stannard, town in Caledonia County.

Starksboro, town Addison County.

Stave Island, place in Lake Champlain near South Hero, Grand Isle County.

Stephenson Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Stevens Mills, place in Richford, Franklin County.

Stevensville, place in Underhill, Chittenden County.

Stockbridge , town in Windsor County.

Stoney Point, place in North Hero, Grand Isle County.

Stowe, town in Lamoille County.

Stowe Village, place in Stowe, Lamoille County.

Strafford, town in Orange County. Home of Justin S. Morill whose 43 years of service in Washington generated such places as the Library of Congress and the Washington Monument.

Stratton, town in Windham County.

Stump Station, place in Shoreham, Addison County.

Sudbury, town in Rutland County.

Summer Point, place in Ferrisburgh, Addison County.

Summerville, place in St.. Johnsbury, Caledonia County.

Summit, place in Warren, Essex County or Mt. Holly in Rutland County.

Summit Siding, place in Newport, Orleans County.

Sunderland, town in Bennington County.

Sunderland Station, place in Sunderland, Bennington County.

Sunset Island, place in Lake Champlain near Colchester, Chittenden County.

Sutton, town in Caledonia County. Originally named Billymead but renamed in 1812 when "Billy" became a "drunkard, bully and a nuisance"

Swanton, town in Franklin County.

Swanton Suburbs, place in Swanton, Franklin County.
 
 

T

Tafts Corner, place in Williston, Chittenden County.

Taftsville, place in Woodstock, Windsor County.

Talcville, place in Rochester, Windsor County.

Tarbellville, place in Mt. Holly, Rutland County.

Terrible Mountain, Andover - lives up to its name, no trail across the top.

Texas Falls, place in Hancock, Addison County.

The Bluffs, place in Newport, Orleans County.

The Four Corners, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

The Island, place in Weston, Windsor County.

Thetford, town in Orange County.

Thetford Center, place in Thetford, Orange County.

Thetford Hill, place in Thetford, Orange County.

Thwingville, place in Barre, Washington County.

Thompsonburg, place in Londonderry, Windham County.

Thompson's Point, summer colony in Charlotte, Chittenden County. Thompson's Point is another spot with a name in contention. Named after an original settler on the point, the question of Thompson's vs. Thompson was officially settled with the elimination of the possessive; but if you are looking for the way to the point, follow Thompson's Point Road. The town of Charlotte officially uses it without the apostrophes, but that has been a matter of debate for over 100 years claims former selectman Frank Thornton (Doran, 1995, BFP:4B).

Tice, village in Holland, Orleans County.

Ticklenaked pond, Ryegate. Name is thought to stem from attempts to Anglicize an Indian name whose meaning is lost.

Tillotson Mills, place in Lowell, Orleans County.

Tinmouth, town in Rutland County.

Tolmans Corner, place in Greensboro, Orleans County.

Tompsonburg, place in Londonderry, Windham County.

Topsham, town in Orange County.

Townshend, town in Windham County.

Trow Hill, place in Barre, Washington County.

Troy, town in Orleans County.

Tunbridge , town in Orange County.

Tyson, village in Plymouth, Windsor County.
 
 

U

Underhill, town in Chittenden County.

Underhill Center, places in Underhill, Chittenden County.

Underhill Flats, place in Underhill, Chittenden County.

Union Village, town in Orange County.

Unionville, place in Wardsboro, Windham County.

Upper Granville, place in Granville, Addison County.

Upper Graniteville, place in Barre, Washington County.

Upper Narrows, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

Upper Websterville, place in Barre, Washington County.
 
 

V

Valley, place in Halifax, Windham County.

Vergennes, city in Addison County. Claims to be the "smallest city in America".

Vernon, town in Windham County.

Vershire, town in Orange County.

Vershire Center, place in Vershire, Orange County.

Victory, town in Essex County. In 1963 Victory made national news when the town had electricity for the first time.
 
 

W

Wagner Island, island in Lake Champlain near Highgate, Franklin County.

Wagner Point, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Waitsfield, town in Washington County.

Waitsfield Common, place in Waitsfield, Washington County.

Waits River, Topsham Town, Orange County

Walden, town in Caledonia County.

Walden Four Corners, place in Walden, Caledonia County.

Walden Heights, place in Walden, Caledonia County.

Wallace Pond, place in Canaan, Essex County.

Wallingford, town in Rutland County.

Waltham , town in Addison County.

Wardsboro , town in Windham County.

Wardsboro Center, place in Wardsboro, Windham County.

Warner Grant gore in Essex County. Granted to the VT soldier, Seth Warner, in recognition of his services.

Warren, town in Washington County.

Warren Gore gore in Essex County. Granted with the town of Warren (Washington County) but so far away it's also called the "flying gore."

Washington, town in Orange County.

Washington Heights, place in Washington, Orange County.

Waterbury, town in Washington County.

Waterbury Center, place in Waterbury, Washington County.

Waterford, town in Caledonia County.

Waterville, town in Lamoille County.

Weathersfield, town in Windsor County.

Weathersfield Bow, place in Weathersfield, Windsor County.

Weathersfield Center, place in Weathersfield, Windsor County.

Websterville, place in Barre Town, Washington County.

Wells, town in Rutland County.

Wells River, incorporated village of Newbury, Orange County.

Wenlock, place in Ferdinand, Essex County.

West Addison, place in Addison, Addison County.

West Albany, place in Albany, Orleans County.

West Alburgh, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

West Arlington, place in Arlington, Bennington County.

West Barnet, place in Barnet, Caledonia County.

West Berkshire, place in Berkshire, Franklin County.

West Berlin, place in Berlin, Washington County. Includes PO Riverton

West Bethel, place in Bethel, Windsor County.

West Bolton, place in Bolton, Chittenden County.

West Braintree, place in Braintree, Orange County.

West Branch, place in Stowe, Lamoille County.

West Brattleboro, place in Brattleboro, Windham County.

West Bridgewater, place in Bridgewater, Windsor County.

West Bridport, place in Bridport, Addison County.

West Brookfield, place in Brookfield, Orange County.

West Burke, place in Burke, Caledonia County.

West Castleton, place in Castleton, Rutland County.

West Charleston, place in Charleston, Orleans County.

West Concord, place in Concord, Essex County.

West Corinth, place in Corinth, Orange County.

West Cornwall, place in Cornwall, Addison County.

West Danville, place in Danville, Caledonia County.

West Derby, place in Derby, Orleans County.

West Dover, place in Dover, Windham County.

West Dummerston, place in Dummerston, Windham County.

West Enosburg, place in Enosburgh, Franklin County.

West Fairlee, town in Orange County.

West Fairlee Center, place in West Fairlee, Orange County.

West Fletcher, place in Fletcher, Franklin County.

West Georgia, place in Georgia, Franklin County.

West Glover, place in Glover, Orleans County, stage from Barton.

West Groton, place in Groton, Caledonia County.

West Guilford, place in Guilford, Windham County.

West Halifax, place in Halifax, Windham County.

West Hartford, place in Hartford, Windsor County.

West Haven, town in Rutland County.

West Holland, place in Holland, Orleans County.

West Jamaica, place in Jamaica, Windham County.

West Lincoln, place in Lincoln, Addison County.

West Milton, place in Milton, Chittenden County.

West Newbury, place in Newbury, Orange County.

West Norwich, place in Norwich, Windsor County.

West Pawlet, place in Pawlet, Rutland County.

West Rochester, place in Rochester, Windsor County.

West Rupert, place in Rupert, Bennington County.

West Rutland , town in Rutland County.

West Salisbury, place in Salisbury, Addison County.

West Sandgate, place in Sandgate, Bennington County.

West Swanton, place in Swanton, Franklin County.

West Topsham, place in Topsham, Orange County.

West Townshend, place in Townshend, Windham County.

West Wardsboro, place in Wardsboro, Windham County.

West Waterford, place in Waterford, Caledonia County.

West Windsor, town in Windsor County.

West Woodstock, place in Woodstock, Windsor County.

Westfield, town in Orleans County.

Westford, town in Chittenden County.

Westminster , town in Windham County.

Westminister Station, place in Westminister, Windham County.

Westminister West, place in Westminister, Windham County.

Westmore, town in Orleasn County.

Weston, town in Windsor County.

Weybridge, town in Addison County.

Weybridge Hill, place in Weybridge, Addison County.

Wheelock, town in Caledonia County.

Whipple Point, place in Newport, Orleans County.

White River Junction, place in Hartford, Windsor County.

Whitesville, place in Cavendish, Windsor County.

Whiting, town in Addison County.

Whitingham, town in Windham County. Birthplace of Brigham Young, the Mormon prophet and founder of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Whitneyville, place in Halifax, Windham County.

Wilcox Point, place in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.

Wilder, place in Hartford, Windsor County.

Williamstown , town in Oragne County.

Williamsville, place in Newfane, Windham County.

Williamsville Station, place in Dummerston, Windham County.

Williston , town in Chittenden County.

Wilmington, town in Windham County.

Windham , town in Windham County.

Windmill Point, place in Alburgh, Grand Isle County.

Windsor , town in Windsor County. Site of the Convention that came together on July 2, 1777 to draw up the Constitution of the State of Vermont.

Winhall, town in Bennington County.

Winooski, city in Chittenden County. The only city in VT with an Indian-inspired name, the combination of French and Indian tongues has resulted in historical spellings like "Ouinouski" or "Ouinousqui." The name, meaning Onion River, inspired Ethan and Ira Allen's Onion River Co. (Doran, 1995, BFP, March 21:4B).

Winooski Park, place in Winooski, Chittenden County.

Wolcott, town in Lamoille County.

Woodbury, town in Washington County. Long known as Monroe, became Woodbury in 1838.

Woodford , town in Bennington County.

Woodford Hollow, place in Woodford, Bennington County.

Woods Island, island in Lake Champlain near St. Albans, Franklin County.

Woodstock, town in Windsor County.

Worcester, town in Washington County.
 
 

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Young Island, island in Lake Champlain near Grand Isle, Grand Isle County.
 
 

Fictitious Places

What follows here is the beginnings of a list of "Fictitious Places" in Vermont. Most come from books, poems, and even films. We know that there are many more than we have listed here so we invite you to add to this list by sending us fictitious places that you know of. Please send your submissions to crs@uvm.edu. Don't forget to include the name, description, and source.
 

Antrim - Scene of drama in Joseph Citro's novels, particularly Guardian Angels and Shadow Child. It has a local inn, an overweight but lovable sheriff, and a town green. [Thanks to Diane E. Foulds of Burlington, VT for this submission]

Catamountain - A name for a mountain used by Calais author Louise Andrews Kent. It is believed to be based on Camels Hump in Duxbury. Other names for the mountain include "Le Lion Couchant" (resting lion) and the Abenaki "Ta wak be dee eeso Wadso" (prudently meaning, "we make a campfire in a circle near water and rest at this mountain"). The current name dates to the early 19th century.

Cream Hill - Proulx

Judevine - "A raw, unsweetened portrait of a fictional community" - "the ugliest town in northern Vermont, except for maybe East Judevine", populated by hard scrabble farmers, woodcutters, minimum-wage slaves, ne'er do wells, and welfare poor. Socked away in the Northeast Kingdom, Judevine represents the gritty backside of "Vermont Beautiful." ... from the work of the same name, Judevine, by Wolcott poet and playwright David Budbill.

Kingdom County and Kingdom Common - County and town used as the setting for the works of Irasburg author Howard Frank Mosher. The fictitious names for the town and county represent the very real place that is Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The Northeast Kingdom is comprised of Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.

Landaff - The real Landaff town is in NH; this one was created in Christopher Bohjalian's Water Witches, U Press of New England, Hanover, NH, 1995. 352 pages.

Learning, Vermont - The setting for Robert Newton Peck's A Day No Pigs Would Die.

Pine Tree - In the movie, Holiday Inn, with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, and others, the lead foursome take a skiing trip to Pine Tree, VT, over the Christmas holiday.

Round Corners - A quaint hamlet off Route 100 created by author Sheery Roberts in Maud's House, Paper Mache Press, 200 pp.

Roche's Ridge - Lisa Alther's Bedrock.

Stark's Bog - Lisa Alther's Kinficks.

Starkfield, MA - Portions of Peacham, VT, were filmed as "Starkfield," a gray New England village in the film, Ethan Frome. Filming occured from 1991 to 1992. The film starred Irish actor, Liam Neeson, as Ethan Frome.

Worthing - The site of Vernon Nowles dairy farm in the murder mystery, Nowles Passing, by Edith Forbes, Seal Press, Seattle, Washington, 266pp.
 
 

A Note on Naming Places in Vermont


From Anne Wallace, AP, "State Board Has Last Say on VT. Names," TA, 8/14/94: Naming towns was easy in VT's early years. In most cases it was a matter of requesting the name when the land was granted. But recently the process has taken on the rules and customs of the modern bureaucracy. [The Vermont Board of Libraries]* has last say on what a brook, mountain, highway, village or almost any other feature is called, says Bonnie Greene at the state librarian's office. Requests to the board are relatively rare. Some years there are none. "There are unnamed features, I have no problem with them remaining unnamed," Greene said. "Generally people who bring names in are very serious, like veterans' organizations who want a highway or bridge named." Often the process verifies a name passed down by history, as in the case of Butternut hill in Irasburg. "It had always been called that, but the name wasn't on any of the maps," Greene said,. "The people who owned it thought it should be perpetuated; the board agreed with them."

 To name something, people must present the state board with a petition containing 25 signatures in support of their proposal. The board, made up of seven political appointees, refers to state and federal guidelines for its decision. The guidelines prohibit people from naming things after a person who is still living. The board gives preference to names that reflect the historical character of the place, or the flora and fauna found there. Green said the board preferred not to change original names in the interests of historical accuracy. In 1905 residents of Sodom in Washington County raised no objections to replacing the name given their town a dozen years before. Swift says Sodom might have gotten its name because the village boarding house attracted unruly characters from nearby towns. At the request of quarry owner Clarence Whittier the hamlet was renamed Adamant, suggestive of granite's hardness.

 The modern board relaxed its rules on historical accuracy in the case of the former Niggerhead Ledge and Niggerhead Pond in Marshfield. In 1971, a group petitioned to have the names changed to Marshfield Ledge and Marshfield Pond. The issue was controversial, and the board held public hearing before it ruled in favor of the new names. Not everyone agreed it should be changed. The original name might have come from an old Yankee word used to describe the medicinal weed black-eyed Susan. Marshfield resident Hap Hayward said he thought the name described a tall grass-covered termite hill found near ponds and swampy areas. Hayward, who has lived in Marshfield since 1930 said he had no objection to the changing of the name. "It didn't make much difference to me," he said. "They left the pond in the same place." Parenthetically one might add, racism is alive and strong in rural - and urban America.

*The original article stated that it was a "board at the state Historical Society" that had the last say on naming places in Vermont. This was in error.
 
 

Bibliography

Doran, Richard
1995. "Vermont dotted with either-or place-names," Burlington Free Press (BFP), March 21:4B.

Swift, Esther
1996. Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History. Picton Press, Camden, ME.

Vermont Atlas and Gazetteer
1984. Delorme Publishing Company, Freeport, ME.

Vermont Year Book: 1997-98
1997. The National Survey, Inc., Chester, VT

Wallace, Anne
1994. "State Board has Last Say on VT. Names," Sunday Rutland Herald and the Sunday Times Argus, August 14, 1994, Section E-4.

Wallace, Anne
1994. "What's in a name?: Vermont's odd-sounding places tell of the dreams and realities of settling the state," Sunday Rutland Herald and the Sunday Times Argus, August 14, 1994, Section E-1-4.

Clarification on the infamous "h" issue in Enosburgh place names (i.e. which village has an "h" at the end and which doesn't) has been provided by Rich McCoy, Public Health Statistics Chief, Vermont Department of Health (2005).

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