Vermontville Township, Michigan

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Vermontville Township is a civil township of Eaton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,100 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Vermontville is located within the township.

Vermontville is home to the original maple syrup festival in Michigan held the last full weekend in April.

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History

Vermontville Township was organized on March 11, 1837 out of Bellevue Township (Along with Eaton Township) and originally included the entire northwest quarter of Eaton County (present day townships of Vermontville, Chester, Sunfield, and Roxand.)

  • The Fire Department was established in 1836 with a cooperative effort between the Village of Vermontville and Vermontville Township. It is now under the control of the Township.
  • The township is served by the Vermontville Township Public Library. The library opened its doors on opened February 12, 1949. The library is located on the first floor of the Opera House.[1]
  • Vermontville Opera House (erected 1893 or 1896; completed 1898 by Village of Vermontville and Vermontville Township; joint ownership)

History of Vermontville Township

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival

Vermontville is home to the original maple syrup festival in Michigan held the last full weekend in April.

In 1940, during a conversation at the local barber shop, the Maple Syrup Festival was proposed. It began as a way to sell Maple Syrup and to promote the village, but has become so much more than that today.

Currently, all young women in their junior (grade 11) year at Maple Valley Schools are eligible to compete for the title of Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Queen and her court. The festival is held the last full weekend in April.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.4 square miles (94.2 km²), of which, 36.3 square miles (94.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.22%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,100 people, 749 households, and 588 families residing in the township. The population density was 57.8 per square mile (22.3/km²). There were 807 housing units at an average density of 22.2/sq mi (8.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.29% White, 0.05% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.

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