Thetford, Vermont

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Thetford is a town in Orange County, Vermont, United States in the Connecticut River Valley. The population was 2,617 at the 2000 census. Villages within the town include East Thetford, North Thetford, Thetford Hill, Thetford Center, Rices Mills and Post Mills. The town office is in Thetford Center. .

Thetford is home to Thetford Academy, Vermont's oldest secondary school. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, formerly Swift Water Girl Scout Council, also has a summer residential camp here called Camp Farnsworth. Camp Farnsworth originally started under private ownership by Chelebe and Madama Farnsworth in 1909 when it was called Camp Hanoum.[citation needed]

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History

The town was created on August 12, 1761 by way of a royal charter which King George III of England issued to Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. Wentworth named it for Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, 4th Earl of Arlington and 4th Viscount Thetford, who in 1768 became prime minister. It was first settled in 1764 by John Chamberlin, who lived at East Thetford beside the Connecticut River. He was an agent for one of 62 proprietors (51 from Hebron, Connecticut).[citation needed]

In 1974, Thetford became the first U.S. municipality to call for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon.[3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.2 square miles (114.4 km2), of which, 43.6 square miles (112.8 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (1.36%) is water. It is bordered on the east by the Connecticut River, and the Ompompanoosuc River flows through the town. I-91.svg Interstate Highway 91 traverses it.[4]

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