Wardsboro, Vermont

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Wardsboro is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The population was 854 at the 2000 census. The town includes the villages of Wardsboro Center, West Wardsboro and South Wardsboro.

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History

The town was settled about 1779 by Samuel Davis and his wife from Milford, Massachusetts. [3] It was granted and chartered on November 7, 1780 to William Ward of Newfane, for whom the town was named Wardsborough, together with 62 others. In 1788, it was divided into north and south districts, the latter set off and incorporated in 1810 as Dover. Although the terrain is very uneven and in parts rocky, farmers worked the soil into productivity. [4]

Mills were built along the brook, a tributary of the West River. In 1859, industries included three gristmills, six sawmills, one tannery, and a rawhide whip factory. [5] During the Civil War, Wardsborough Center was called Unionville because of its strong Federal sentiment. In the 1880s, Jebediah Estabrook's tub, bucket and pail factory at Wardsborough Center was the area's principal employer. [6] In 1894, the U.S. Post Office dropped the "ugh" from town names ending in "borough," so Wardsborough was thereafter known as Wardsboro.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.3 square miles (75.8 km2), all of it land. It is drained by Wardsboro Brook, a tributary of the West River.

Set in the Green Mountains, much of Wardsboro is included in the Green Mountain National Forest. The town is approximately six miles north of Mount Snow ski area and less than 10 miles south of Stratton ski area. There are numerous planned communities such as Snow Mountain Farms. Somerset Reservoir and Grout Pond are only a few minutes away, and the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers Snowmobile trails run through the town.

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