Weston, Vermont

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Weston is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. The population was 630 at the 2000 census. Home to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, it includes the villages of Weston and the Island.

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History

Weston was originally the western part of Andover called West Town. Because Markham and Terrible mountains blocked travel between the town's halves, it was set off and incorporated on October 26, 1799 by the legislature. Set among the Green Mountains, the terrain is very rough and mountainous, but the intervales provided good soil for agriculture and pasturage. A second village grew at the canal cut to divert the West River to power watermills. Called the Island, it developed into a small mill town. [3]

By 1859, when Weston's population was 950, industries included ten sawmills, a gristmill, two tanneries, one wood turning mill, one machine shop, one axe shop, one carding machine, in addition to shops for blacksmiths, carpenters, tinsmiths, wheelwrights and shoemakers. [4] Vermont's oldest professional theatre, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, was founded in 1935. The Vermont Country Store, a catalogue, retail, and e-commerce business, was established here in 1946 by Vrest and Ellen Orton. [5]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.1 km2), of which, 35.1 square miles (90.9 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (0.23%) is water. The West River flows through the town.[6]

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