Troy, Vermont

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Troy is a town in Orleans County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,564 at the 2000 census. Troy contains two villages: the unincorporated village of Troy, and the incorporated village of North Troy.

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Government

Town

  • Moderator - Robert Starr[3]
  • Selectman - Ronald Mayhew
  • Town Clerk - Lucille Cadieux
  • Treasurer - Lucille Cadieux
  • Delinquent tax collector - Donna Labbee
  • Lister - Erie McCann (2011), Ed Lipinski (2010), R. Bruce McKay (2009)
  • Grand Juror - Robert Denton
  • Road budget - $303,900

Robert Starr has been moderator for forty four years.[4]

School District

  • Board Member, North Country Union High School - Rosemary Mayhew (2011)
  • Director, School Board - Christine Blais
  • Board members - Robert Langlands (2011), Marie Bonneau (2010), Anne Quirion (2010)
  • Principal - Dwayne Before
  • Budget - $2,096,705

The Troy Elementary School had the highest percentage of students qualifying for free lunch in the county, 73%. The state average is 31%.[5]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.4 km2), all of it land.

History

Troy was chartered as "Missisquoi." It once produced over 400 tons of cast iron annually.[6]

In the winter of 1799, a small party of Indians, led by their chief, Captain Susap, joined the colonists at Troy, built their camps on the river and wintered near them. These Indians were nearly starving, which probably arose from the moose and deer, which formerly abounded here, being destroyed by the settlers. Their principal employment was making baskets, birch-bark cups and pails, and other Indian trinkets. They left in the spring and never returned. One of the party was a squaw, Molly Orcutt, who became quite noted among the settlers as a healer. She was found dead on Mount white Cap, in East Andover, Maine, in 1817, having died, it is believed, at an age of 140 years.[7]

In one of the stranger chapters in Vermont history, researcher and scientist Gerald Bull constructed the Space Research Corporation in Highwater the town's Quebec neighboring city, in 1967. His intent was to fire research packages into orbit using heavy artillery. This laboratory straddled the Vermont border. Bull was ultimately imprisoned for violating international regulations regarding an embargo on South Africa. This resulted in the bankruptcy of his corporation.

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