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Vermont Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 18, 2021

 
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 177 cities and towns lying in 148 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 548 historical markers in Vermont, by our count. We have cataloged 546 historical markers and 99 war memorials—each individually presented on 633 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 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.

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 December 6, 2020, and titled View of the Hill Top. It also is in Bennington in Bennington 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
91 • Revolutionary War
89 • Industry and Commerce
81 • Settlements and Settlers
66 • Education
57 • Civil War
50 • Waterways and Vessels
44 • Arts, Letters, Music
40 • World War I
38 • Architecture
36 • Colonial Era
    ... and others ...

Vermonters don’t 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 War—91 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Industry and Commerce with 89 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Revolutionary War topic 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 September 9, 2020, and titled Burning of Royalton. It had been erected in Royalton in Windsor County. The earliest marker erected with the Revolutionary War topic 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 East Rupert in Bennington County. It is Harmon's Mint.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Vermont county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Chittenden County, with 125 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
125 • Chittenden County
92 • Rutland County
70 • Addison County
64 • Windsor County
59 • Windham County
54 • Bennington County
38 • Orange County
29 • Caledonia County
23 • Orleans County
21 • 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 by Burlington in Chittenden County with 46 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 by ZIP Code 05401 with 44 markers. (05401 is assigned to Burlington VT.)

Historical Markers Near These
Vermont Cities and Towns
51 • Shelburne
46 • Burlington
22 • Orwell
17 • Rutland
14 • Bennington
14 • Brattleboro
14 • Middlebury
13 • Newport
10 • Norwich
10 • Old Bennington
    ... 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 June 9, 2020, and is titled First International Ice Hockey Game and was erected in 2019, 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 TeamOHE, June 1, 2019
Latest Entry from Vermont
“View of the Hill Top”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Burlington. The first we touched on earlier: Site of the American House. The last: First International Ice Hockey Game added on June 9, 2020. It had been erected in 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 270 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!

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Jan. 18, 2021