European Settlement in Shelburne
The modern era
Shelburne in the 20th century, and beyond
In 1960, Shelburne's population was only 1,805. A 1963 publication made several estimates for the town's future, which are quite interesting when compared to today's Shelburne. Town planners estimated that by the turn of the century, Shelburne would grow to between 5,000 and 8,000 inhabitants; its current population is 6,266. Another, less accurate prediction stated that Route 7 "will have been replaced as a state highway by a limited access road which will effectively by-pass the entire town. Route 7 will become a more local road..." Route 7 remains a busy transportation and business corridor, as Shelburne and South Burlington continue to develop toward one another.

Shelburne's agriculture and industry have changed as well. While farming and dairy operations exist, continued development and changing economies have left these industries less fundamental than in the past. Shelburne today supports a wide variety of service and manufacturing industries, and a great deal more housing development. The forests have grown back quite a bit from the peak of deforestation in the 1800's, and Shelburne Falls is now just an extention of Shelburne Village.

Modern Shelburne still preserves much of the open land and small-town feel of its past, balanced with growing evidence of modern developments and influences. For more specific looks at how Shelburne has changed over time, see the Changes Over Time page in the navigation bar below.

Recent aerial view of Shelburne, looking NW
Rt. 7 downtown, still a major transportation artery