Saxtons River, Vermont

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Saxtons River is an incorporated village in the town of Rockingham in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The population was 519 at the 2000 census. For over a hundred years, Saxtons River has been the home of Vermont Academy, an independent secondary school.

The Saxtons River Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. It covers 270 acres (1.1 km2) and is roughly bounded by Burk Hill and Belleview Roads, Oak Street, the Saxtons River, and Westminster West Road. The district comprises 133 contributing and 22 non-contributing buildings including examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne architectural styles.[3]

The district encompasses nearly the entire village (~84%) except for peripheral mid-20th century subdivisions.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.

Historic buildings

  • Congregational Church (Main Street); 1836, 1871
  • Saxtons River Village Building (Upper Main Street); c. 1860, c. 1970
  • "Maple Grove," Smith-Bancroft-Neill House (Upper Main Street); c. 1830 and later
  • Warner Block-Odd Fellows Building (Main Street); c. 1850
  • Sabin-Bryant Block (Main and School Street); c. 1865
  • Saxtons River Public School (School Street); 1915
  • Saxtons River Inn (Main Street and Academy Avenue); 1903
  • "The Beehive" (Academy Avenue); c. 1860
  • Simonds Store - Saxtons River Village Market (Main Street and Academy Avenue); c. 1870
  • Tin Shop or Saxwin Building (Main and Maple Streets); c. 1850
  • Baptist Church (Main Street); 1840
  • Fuller Hardware Store (Main Street); c. 1830
  • Saxtons River Woolen Mill foundation (Maple Street); c. 1847 and later.
  • Wool Pulling Shop (River Street); c. 1870
  • Old South Meetinghouse site (Westminster Street)
  • Saxtons River Cemetery (off Westminster Street)
  • Tenney's Lumber Mill (off Westminster Street); 1870
  • Thompson Gristmill (Westminster Street); c. 1850


As of the 2000 Census[1], there were 519 people, 209 households, and 137 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,032.2 people per square mile (400.8/km²). There were 220 housing units at an average density of 437.5/sq mi (169.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.46% White, 0.58% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

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