Addison County, Vermont

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Early History

Creation of Addison County

In 1683, New York created Albany County. Albany was divided into three counties on March 12, 1772: Albany, Tryon (now Montgomery), and Charlotte. Following the formation of the State Government of Vermont, Charlotte was overthrown in March 1778. At this time, Vermont was divided into two counties on either side of the Green Mountains: Unity to the east, and Bennington on the west. On February 13, 1781, Rutland County was incorporated in the territory north of present-day Bennington. After the limitation of Rutland's northern boundaries on October 18, 1785, a new county was formed and named for English author Joseph Addison—here exists the formal creation of what is now known as Addison County.[1]

At the time of the foundation of Addison, the county's boundaries included all of the territories presently belonging to the counties of Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle & Lamoille, as well as nine Orleans and eight Washington county towns. On October 19, 1787 the town of Kingston (now Granville) was set off from Orange county and incorporated into Addison, and not three days later the county of Chittenden was formed. Following changes including the annexation of Starksboro to Addison in 1797, Washington's incorporation of Warren in 1829, and Addison's inheritance of Rutland's town of Orwell on November 13, 1847.[1]

Historical Landmarks

  • Emma Willard House
  • Mount Independence
  • Robert Frost Farm
  • Rokeby


In The County Church in Colonial Counties by Marjorie Patten, Addison County is described as "a general farming region in the fertile valley of Lake Champlain."[2]

Adjacent Counties


New York

  • Essex County (west)
  • Washington County (southwest)


Cities and Towns

• Addison• Granville• New Haven• Starksboro
• Bridport• Hancock• Orwell• Vergennes
• Bristol• Leicester• Panton• Waltham
• Cornwall• Lincoln• Ripton• Weybridge
• Ferrisburgh• Middlebury (shire town)• Salisbury• Whiting
• Goshen• Monkton• Shoreham

Designated Places

  • Bristol
  • East Middlebury
  • Middlebury

Unincorporated Communities

  • Bread Loaf
  • Chimney Point
  • Satans Kingdom

Notable People of Addison County

Arts and Entertainment


  • Henry Porter


Politics and Law


County Resources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Smith, H. P. History of Addison County Vermont, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. New York : D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1886. pp 13–15,
  2. Patten, Marjorie. The Country Church in Colonial Counties as Illustrated by Addison County, Vt., and Warren and Thompkins County, NY.. New York : George H Doran Co., 1922. p 18.



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