Dorset, Vermont

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Dorset is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. The population was 2,036 at the 2000 census. Dorset is famous for being home to America's oldest marble quarry and for being the birth place of Alcoholics Anonymnous co-founder Bill W. East Dorset is the setting of the Bill Wilson House and the Griffith Library.

The East Dorset marble quarry had been established by Bill W's great grandfather and stayed in the family for 3 generations. Marble from these quarries provided stone for the New York Public Library Main Branch building in New York City.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.8 square miles (123.9 km2), of which, 47.8 square miles (123.9 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.08%) is water.

Within the town is located Mount Aeolus.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,036 people, 856 households, and 600 families residing in the town. The population density was 42.6 people per square mile (16.4/km2). There were 1,246 housing units at an average density of 26.1/sq mi (10.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.97% White, 0.44% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 856 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

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