Williston, Vermont

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Williston is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The population was 7,650 at the 2000 census. It is one of the fastest-growing towns in the state, and during the last decade, has developed as a major retail center for the Burlington area as well as much of central and northern Vermont.[3]

It contains the village of Williston, which is unincorporated.



The town was named for Samuel Willis, a landholder.[4]

An Amtrak train a with 287 persons aboard hit a landslide and derailed during the night in Williston July 7, 1984, killing five people and injuring two hundred. Although the accident triggered one of Vermont's most intensive emergency responses, the final victims were not rescued until the end of the day.[5]

A private, boarding high school, Pine Ridge, was founded in 1968 to serve learning disabled students. It closed in June 2009.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.7 square miles (79.5 km2), of which, 30.3 square miles (78.6 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (1.20%) is water.


Allen Brook drains the center of the town. It begins and flows from Mud Pond north to the village of Williston, and then in a northwesterly direction where it meets the Winooski River. Length: 10 miles (16 km). Watershed area: 6,900 acres (2,800 ha).

Muddy Brook flows on the western edge of Williston and marks the border between Williston and South Burlington.

Nature trail

The Williston Nature Trail has been developed on the Williston Bike Path behind Williston Central School. The trail starts out on a bridge over Allen Brook and goes in a large loop.[citation needed]

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