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Vermont Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 3, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell
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 Vermont ranks 48th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Vermont is a state in the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the New England region. Vermont is some 10 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 624 thousand people. The state is divided into 14 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Vermont we have discovered historical markers in 191 cities and towns lying in 161 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 637 historical markers in Vermont, by our count. We have cataloged 637 historical markers and 120 war memorials—each individually presented on 743 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Vermont marker in the database, Battle of Bennington, was added March 1, 2008. It was photographed in Bennington in Bennington County. The last one added was submitted on January 15, 2023, and titled Thomas Chittenden. It is in Montpelier in Washington County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Vermont was erected in 1859. It was this one: Hubbardton Battle Monument, and one of our correspondents found it in Hubbardton in Rutland County on July 16, 2008.

Vermont Historical Topics
107 • Industry and Commerce
105 • Revolutionary War
95 • Settlements and Settlers
74 • Education
66 • Civil War
53 • Waterways and Vessels
48 • Architecture
46 • Arts, Letters, Music
42 • World War I
40 • Churches and Religion
    ... and others ...

Vermonters don’t want to forget their Industry and Commerce history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Vermont about Industry and Commerce—107 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is the Revolutionary War with 105 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Industry and Commerce topic was Estey Organ Company, added October 9, 2009. It had been erected in 1997 in Brattleboro in Windham County. The last one submitted was submitted on November 1, 2022, and titled Exchange Block. It had been erected in Burlington in Chittenden County. The earliest marker erected with the Industry and Commerce topic that we have listed was erected in 1927. It is Thomas Davenport, found in Williamstown in Orange County on July 24, 2015.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Vermont? What we know is that Battle of Bennington is the most viewed entry in the database from Vermont since it was added in 2008. This year so far, the most viewed Vermonter entry is located in Granby in Essex County. It is Rogers' Rangers Cemetery.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Vermont county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Chittenden County, with 140 of them. It is followed by Rutland County with 101 markers. The Burlington area of Chittenden County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 59. In Rutland County the area with the most markers, 17, is Rutland.

Historical Markers in These
Vermont Counties
140 • Chittenden County
101 • Rutland County
80 • Windsor County
72 • Addison County
67 • Windham County
63 • Bennington County
38 • Caledonia County
38 • Orleans County
38 • Orange County
30 • Franklin County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Vermont with the most markers we again find Burlington at the top of the list with 59 markers in or near it. It is followed by Shelburne in Chittenden County with 51 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 05401 at the top of the list with 57 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 05401 is assigned to Burlington VT.) It is followed by ZIP Code 05482 with 51 markers. (05482 is assigned to Shelburne VT.)

Historical Markers Near These
Vermont Cities and Towns
59 • Burlington
51 • Shelburne
22 • Orwell
17 • Rutland
16 • Bennington
16 • Brattleboro
16 • Hubbardton
14 • Derby
14 • Middlebury
14 • Newport
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Chittenden County, the first marker added to the database from there, Site of the American House, was added August 20, 2009. in Burlington. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of Vermont—was uploaded on November 1, 2022, and is titled Exchange Block, in Burlington. The earliest marker erected in Chittenden County that we have listed was erected in 1898. It was The Battery, found in Burlington on July 22, 2014.

Latest entry from Vermont. Click to go there
By Larry Gertner, October 25, 2021
Latest Entry from Vermont
“Thomas Chittenden”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Shelburne. The first: Ticonderoga, was added September 2, 2016. The last: Round Barn added on November 2, 2017. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1977: The Parade, added on October 25, 2017.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is currently in charge of the familiar blue and gold and green and gold official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Vermont Board of Historic Sites, a predecessor. They erected their first marker in 1947, and we have 295 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Vermont. Click to go there
By Dennis Gilkenson, May 6, 2016
A Division for Historic Preservation Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Vermont have been marked with history. Check out Grand Isle County, Essex County and Lamoille County. We've only found, respectively, 16, 16, and 14 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Vermont might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 3, 2023