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Vermont Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 25, 2022

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell
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 Vermont ranks 48th among states and provinces with markers in this database. The United States of America 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 181 cities and towns lying in 152 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 582 historical markers in Vermont, by our count. We have cataloged 578 historical markers and 107 war memorials—each individually presented on 672 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another four historical markers in Vermont that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. 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 6, 2022, and titled Steel Krupp Gun. 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
100 • Industry and Commerce
93 • Revolutionary War
86 • Settlements and Settlers
68 • Education
60 • Civil War
53 • Waterways and Vessels
44 • Arts, Letters, Music
41 • World War I
40 • Architecture
38 • Colonial Era
    ... 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—100 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is the Revolutionary War with 93 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 December 12, 2021, and titled Railroad Turntable, circa 1907. It had been erected in Montpelier in Washington 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 Steel Krupp Gun.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Vermont county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Chittenden County, with 129 of them. It is followed by Rutland County with 92 markers. The Shelburne area of Chittenden County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 51. In Rutland County the area with the most markers, 17, is Rutland.

Historical Markers in These
Vermont Counties
129 • Chittenden County
92 • Rutland County
75 • Windsor County
70 • Addison County
64 • Windham County
55 • Bennington County
38 • Caledonia County
38 • Orange County
25 • Franklin County
25 • Washington County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Vermont with the most markers we again find Shelburne at the top of the list with 51 markers in or near it. It is followed closely by Burlington in Chittenden County with 50 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 05482 at the top of the list with 51 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 05482 is assigned to Shelburne VT.) It is followed closely by ZIP Code 05401 with 48 markers. (05401 is assigned to Burlington VT.)

Historical Markers Near These
Vermont Cities and Towns
51 • Shelburne
50 • Burlington
22 • Orwell
17 • Rutland
15 • Brattleboro
14 • Bennington
14 • Middlebury
13 • Newport
11 • Windsor
10 • Montpelier
    ... 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 was uploaded on November 22, 2021, and is titled Union Station, 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
“Steel Krupp Gun”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Burlington. The first we touched on earlier: Site of the American House. The last: Union Station added on November 22, 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1898: The Battery, added on July 22, 2014.

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 275 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 Essex County, Grand Isle County and Lamoille County. We've only found, respectively, 15, 12, and 11 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!

Jan. 25, 2022