Westmore, Vermont

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Westmore is a town in Orleans County, Vermont, United States. The population was 306 at the 2000 census, making it the least populated town in the county. The town contains one unincorporated village clustered around Lake Willoughby.[3]




  • Chairman of the Selectmen - Nancy Mallary[4]
  • Selectman - John Alexander
  • Selectman - David Stevens
  • Treasurer and Town Clerk - Greg Gallagher
  • Delinquent Tax Collector - Robert Decker
  • Agent - Greg Gallagher
  • Auditor - Mellisa Zebrowski
  • Auditor - Millie Davis
  • Grand Juror - Michael Branon
  • Cemetery Commissioner - Steve Richards

School District

High schools students are sent to Lake Region Union High School. The town pays an assessment for this and elects a board member to the Orleans Central Supervisory Union.


Originally named Westford, the town was chartered on August 17, 1781. Since Chittenden County had a town named Westford, in 1787 the name was changed to Westmore.

The first vacation house was built on the lake in 1860. It is known as the "Cheney House, after an owner in the late 19th century.[5]

Westmore never attracted many settlers. The town's peak population was in the census year of 1880 with 485 people.

Before he became famous, Robert Frost camped here in the summer of 1909 with his family.[6]

Songadeewin Camp for girls was located here in the 1920s-1940s.[7]

In 1970, the state of Vermont acquired 7,600 acres (3,100 ha) as part of Willoughby State Forest, which included the Cheney House.[5]

Nudity is legal throughout Vermont,[8][9] though in 2007-8, the town discussed whether to ban nudity, aimed at sunbathers on the south beach of Lake Willoughby.[10]

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