Dummerston, Vermont

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Dummerston is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,915 at the 2000 census. Dummerston is home to the longest covered bridge still in use inside the state borders of Vermont.

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History

It was part of a tract given to Connecticut about 1713 by Massachusetts in compensation for land mistakenly awarded by the latter to settlers. In 1716, the town was auctioned to a consortium including William Dummer, lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, and named Dummerston. On December 26, 1753, the town was chartered as a New Hampshire grant and renamed Fulham by Governor Benning Wentworth. But when the grant was renegotiated, it reverted to Dummerston.[3]

The West River provided water power for mills, and Dummerston had five gristmills. five sawmills, one slate manufacturer, and one shop for making rakes. Raising sheep across the many hills was an important occupation.[4] By 1859, the town had a population of 1,645. The Vermont Valley Railroad passed through Dummerston.[3] Built in 1892, Naulakha was home to author Rudyard Kipling. His house is now a museum available for overnight stays.[5]

In 2006, Dummerston was one of the first American towns to have its citizens pass a resolution endorsing the impeachment of President George W. Bush.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.8 square miles (79.8 km2), of which, 30.6 square miles (79.2 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2) of it (0.71%) is water. Dummerston is bounded by the Connecticut River, and the West River flows through the town.[6]

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