Middlebury, VT, 05753
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Living In Middlebury
Come, experience Middlebury… an idyllic town nestled in the heart of Vermont’s beautiful Champlain Valley. Home to world-renowned Middlebury College, it’s a place uniquely situated at the intersection of small-town charm and global influence. Where quality of life meets broadband connectivity. Where professionals thrive and children flourish.
The town of Middlebury is home to a vibrant cultural and artistic scene that rivals most small cities. It’s an active community, offering some of New England’s finest outdoor recreation. It’s a place to enjoy great local food, boasting numerous farms, restaurants, artisan food producers, and a nationally recognized farmer’s market. And it’s a welcoming town, hosting delightful community events throughout the year.
Working and learning here
Middlebury’s comprehensive broadband coverage and its central location in New England — just a few hours from Montreal, Boston & New York — has allowed telecommuters, super-commuters, high-level professionals and entrepreneurs from around the country to relocate and call Middlebury home. They maintain world-class careers while raising children in a vibrant and healthy setting, within a school district that regularly sends students to some of the top universities in the country.
The perfect place to play
As the “cultural and intellectual capital of Vermont”, Middlebury is the place to play. We host a full spectrum of visual and performing arts, world-renowned musicians, high quality theatre, and even a series of festivals throughout the year that celebrate the Middlebury community.
THE rapid settlement of the territory of the State of Vermont was long postponed by the fact that it was a thoroughfare of the war parties of the French and Indians on their way to the southward and eastward from Canada and Lake Champlain; and but little progress was made in that direction until the conquest of Canada by the English in 1760. Benning Wentworth was appointed in 1741, by the king of England, governor of the province of New Hampshire, and given authority to issue patents for lands to applicants, in any unoccupied territory. Under this authority he claimed the right to issue charters over what is now the State of Vermont. His first charter within its boundaries was for the town of Bennington in 1749, and in the next year this was followed by the charter of Pownal; about a dozen towns had also been chartered east of the Green Mountains; but no grants were made in the more dangerous western part of the State until 1761, in which year, the banners of peace having been uplifted over the territory of the ” New Hampshire Grants,” as this region came to be known, there was a rapid movement to secure charters to the territory, no less than sixty having been granted in the year named within the present limits of the Green Mountain State. Among the number was Middlebury, as well as eight other Addison county towns.
Among the residents of Salisbury, Conn., were a number of men who, with others, united for the purpose of procuring town charters of lands in this county and engaged John Evarts, of Salisbury, to act as their agent. Procuring the needed assistance, he came into the wilderness until he reached the region along the east side of Otter Creek, before he found unoccupied territory. Here he discovered that there was sufficient land to constitute three towns of the proposed extent–six miles square–between the “Great Falls” at Vergennes on the north, and Leicester on the south: hence he proceeded to survey the entire tract. He began at the head of the falls (which was fixed upon as a permanent starting point and boundary), laid out the town of New Haven and followed with Middlebury and Salisbury. Some of the original applicants agreed to take shares in two and others in all three of these towns, making out the requisite number of grantees in each instance. The charters of Middlebury and New Haven were dated November 2, 1761, and that of Salisbury on the next day. By the charters all of these towns are bounded west by Otter Creek, and extend where necessary up the slopes of the Green Mountains for the eastern boundary. The charters were made in the customary form, which is so well known that it need not be given here entire. It granted in this instance to those “whose names are entered on this grant, to be divided to and amongst them into sixty-eight equal shares,” a tract “containing by admeasurement 25,040 acres, which tract is to contain something more than six miles square.” The charter gives the boundaries as follows:
“Beginning at the southerly corner of a township granted this day by the name of New Haven, at a tree marked, standing on the bank of the easterly or northeasterly side of Otter Creek, so called, from thence running east seven miles, thence turning off and running south ten degrees west six miles and sixty-four rods, then turning off end running west to Otter Creek aforesaid; then down said creek, as that runs to the bound first mentioned,” and it “is incorporated into a township by the name of Middlebury.” It also provides “that the first meeting for the choice of town officers shall be held on the first Tuesday in January next, which said meeting shall be notified by Capt. Samuel Moore, who is hereby also appointed moderator of the said first meeting,” and that “the annual meeting forever hereafter for the choice of such officers for the said town shall be on the second Tuesday of March annually.”
The following are the names written on the back of the charter: John Evarts, Elijah Skinner, Elkanah Paris, Benjamin Paris, John Baker, Gideon Hurlbut, Ebenr. Hanchit, Deliva. Spalding, Noah Chittenden, Mattw. Bostwick, Thomas Chittenden, John Abbit, Moses Read, Saml. Keep, Elisha Painter, Ruluff White, Elisha Shelden, Jun., Moses Read, Jun., Matthw. Baldin, Lt. Jonathan Moore, John Benton, Nathl. Evarts, 3d, John Turner, Jun., Ebenr. Field, 3d, Saml. Turner, Zecheriah Foss, Ebenr. Field, Nathl. Flint, BenJn. Everist, Jeremiah How, John Read, James Claghorn, Lt. Mathias Kelsey, Daniel Morris, Rufus Marsh, Elias Read; Noah Waddams, John Evarts, Jun., Jona. Moore, Jun., Nathl. Skinner, Jun., David Hide, Jun., Thomas Chipman, Amos Hanchit, Saml. Towsley, John Strong, John How, Oliver Evarts, Russell Hunt, Capt. Josiah Stoddar, Bethel Sellick, Saml. Skinner, Capt. Saml. Moore, Hezekiah Camp, Jun., John McQuivey, Benjamin Smalley, Lt. John Seymour, Datis Ensign, Lt. Janna Meigs, David Owen, Charles Brewster, Theo. Atkinson, Esq., M. H. Wentworth, Esq.
The old governor looked after his own interest in the customary manner, as appears by the following, added to the foregoing signatures:
” His Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq., a tract of land containing five hundred acres, as marked B. W. in the plan, which is to be accounted two of the within shares, one whole share for the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts, one share for a glebe for the Church of England, as by law established, one share for the first settled minister of the gospel, and one share for the benefit of a school in said town.