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Vermont Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 27, 2020

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell
via Wikimedia Commons

 Vermont ranks 44th 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 161 cities and towns lying in 135 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Vermont? There are least 507 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 505 historical markers and 76 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 572 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another two historical markers in Vermont that we donít 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.

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 14, 2020, and titled Marble Works Memorial Bridge. It is in Middlebury in Addison 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 Categories
89 • Revolutionary War
86 • Industry and Commerce
75 • Settlements and Settlers
65 • Education
49 • Waterways and Vessels
47 • Civil War
42 • Arts, Letters, Music
35 • World War I
33 • Churches and Religion
32 • Colonial Era
    ... and more ...

Vermonters donít want to forget their Revolutionary War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Vermont about the Revolutionary Waró89 of themóthan about any other historical category. A close second is Industry and Commerce with 86 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Revolutionary War category was also Battle of Bennington, added March 1, 2008. It had been erected in Bennington in Bennington County. The last one submitted was submitted on July 12, 2019, and titled Ann Story. It had been erected in Rutland in Rutland County. The earliest marker erected with the Revolutionary War category that we have listed was erected in 1859. It is Hubbardton Battle Monument, found in Hubbardton in Rutland County on July 16, 2008.

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 Plymouth in Windsor County. It is Achsa W. Sprague (1827-1862).

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Vermont county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Chittenden County, with 120 of them. It is followed by Rutland County with 89 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
120 • Chittenden County
89 • Rutland County
69 • Addison County
57 • Windsor County
50 • Bennington County
47 • Windham County
30 • Orange County
24 • Caledonia County
20 • Orleans County
19 • Franklin County
    ... and more ...

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 by Burlington in Chittenden County with 45 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers itís 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 by ZIP Code 05401 with 43 markers. (05401 is assigned to Burlington VT.)

Historical Markers Near These
Vermont Cities and Towns
51 • Shelburne
45 • Burlington
22 • Orwell
17 • Rutland
14 • Middlebury
13 • Bennington
12 • Newport
10 • Old Bennington
10 • Vergennes
10 • Woodstock
    ... and more ...

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 11, 2019, and is titled In Memory of John Lonergan, 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 Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2005
Latest Entry from Vermont
“Marble Works Memorial Bridge”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Burlington. The first we touched on earlier: Site of the American House. The last: In Memory of John Lonergan added on November 11, 2019. 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 253 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

Youíll 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, 11, 10, and 9 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Vermont might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll 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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