Addison County Vermont GenWeb - Genealogy and History

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My name is Pat Geary and I am the country coordinator for Addison County. My 4th great grandfather, Solomon Phillips, came to Addison County in the early 1800's.

Addison County is located in west central Vermont.

Brief County History

Iroquois settled in the county before European arrived in 1609. French settlers in Crown Point, New York extended their settlements across Lake Champlain. A few individuals or families came up the lake from Canada and established themselves at Chimney Point in 1730. In 1731, at Cross Point Fort Frederic was erected. In the year 1759, General Amherst occupied Cross Point and British settler's settlers came in. The Battle of Bennington in Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, brought a turning point for the American independence against British. Read more . . .

Origin of County Name

The History of Addison County by H.P. Smith, 1886, D. Mason and Co. states that Addison County "...was named in honor of Joseph Addison, the English author..." The Addison family continues to thrive in England and has written us with the information that Joseph lived from 1672 to 1719 and left these words for us: Happiness is something to do, something to love, something to hope for! Addison is buried in Westminster Abby.

Addison County Statistics

  • Formed in 1785 from a portion of Rutland County, Vermont.
  • Population: 2011 estimate 36,742
  • Land Area: 770 square miles
  • County Seat: Middlebury

County Clerk

Addison County Clerk:
5 Court St. - Middlebury, VT 05753-1405; 
Phone: (802) 388-4237.


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