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Westford is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont. It's a picturesque community with a mix of rural and suburban living.


Westford was chartered on June 8, 1763 as a New Hampshire grant by Governor Benning Wentworth. The town, as granted, covered 36 square miles (23,040 acres). The first settlers arrived in 1787 but immigration to Westford was very slow, consisting mostly of scattered self-sufficient farms throughout the town. In 1791, the town’s population was only 63. After a petition from residents in Essex and Fairfax around 1793, Route 128 was built. In 1795, a saw mill was located near the center of town, where the main post road crossed the Browns River. Along side of the mill, a forge and grist mill was soon erected, which offered employment and induced settlement. In 1809, a temporary Congregational Church was erected on a flat site, at what is now the western end of the common... westfordvt.us



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1787 (Westford) - The first settler in town was Hezekiah PARMELEE, uncle to the Rev. Simeon PARMELEE, D.D., so long a prominent divine in the State, who came in 1787.
History of Chittenden County, Vermont With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers
Edited By W. S. Rann, Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886
1793 (Westford) - The town was organized and first meeting held at the dwelling house of John SEELEY, March 25, 1793, at which Francis NORTHWAY was chosen moderator, to govern the meeting, and Martin POWELL elected town clerk.
History of Chittenden County, Vermont With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers
Edited By W. S. Rann, Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886
1795 (Westford Center) - The first settlement was made on the site of the village by Elisha BAKER in 1795, who erected and operated a saw-mill on the river.
Soon after Joshua STANTON built a forge and grist-mill in the near vicinity, which naturally lent an impetus to settlement and enterprise.

History of Chittenden County, Vermont With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers
Edited By W. S. Rann, Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886
1798 (Westford) - The early settlers of Westford were too poor to afford the best of salaries or of accommodations to their pastors or preachers,
and considered themselves fortunate often in obtaining the use of some barn in which to unite in divine worship. As early as 1798 the members of the Baptist denomination and their sympathizers formed an organization which was confirmed by a council convoked for the purpose. Rev. Mr. BROWN was the first pastor.

History of Chittenden County, Vermont With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers
Edited By W. S. Rann, Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886
1801 (Westford) The First Congregational Church at the Center was organized by the Rev. Jedediah BUSHNELL, from Cornwall, Conn., on the 7th of August, 1801,
the ceremony being held in a barn on the site of the dwelling house now occupied by Albert PARTRIDGE. The church membership originally numbered thirteen souls.

History of Chittenden County, Vermont With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers
Edited By W. S. Rann, Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886
1821 (Westford) - The Methodist Episcopal Church, also situated at the village, was organized by Truman SEYMOUR in 1821, with a membership of twelve. Rev. Cyrus PRINDLE was then the pastor.
History of Chittenden County, Vermont With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers
Edited By W. S. Rann, Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886
1839 - Westford
Westford, Vermont
Chittenden county. This township was settled soon after the revolutionary war, by Hezekiah Parmelee and others. It lies 13 miles N.N.E. from Burlington and 32 N.W. from Montpelier.

Westford is well watered by Brown's river, a branch of the Lamoille. The surface is rough, and the soil good for grazing. Between 3,500 and 4,000 sheep are kept. Population, 1830, 1,290.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1849 Westford
Chittenden Co. Westford was settled soon after the revolutionary war, by Hezekiah Parmelee and others.

The town is well watered by Brown's River, a branch of the Lamoille. The surface is rough, and the soil good for grazing.

The Rev. Simeon Parmelee was settled in Sept. 1809 over the Congregational Church, and continued many years.

Boundaries. North by Fairfax, east by Underhill, south by Essex, and west by Milton.

Productions of the Soil Wheat, 1,617 bushels ; Indian corn, 4,780 bushels : potatoes, 45,317 bushels; hay, 4,456 tons ; maple sugar, 21,885 pounds ; wool, 13,636 pounds.

Distances. Thirteen miles north north-east from Burlington, and thirty five north-west from Montpelier.

A gazetteer of Vermont, containing descriptions of all the counties, towns, and districts in the state; and of all its principal mountains, rivers, waterfalls, harbors, islands, and curious places. To which are added, statistical accounts of its agriculture, commerce and manufactures;... Read MORE...

1886 - Westford
WESTFORD, lying in the northern tier of towns in CHITTENDEN county, is bounded north by Fairfax, in Franklin county, east by UNDERHILL, south by Essex, and west by Milton. In surface the town is irregular and mountainous, resting upon a portion of the western slope of the Green Mountains, and fortunately possesses all the beauties which attract the sight-seer and the lover of nature, without lacking the qualities of soil and surface which tickle the utilitarian tastes of the farmer; there is little waste land in Westford. From many of the more elevated portions of the town may be obtained glimpses of Lake Champlain, the blue arena encompassed by a mighty amphitheatre of mountains, while away to the east rises the majestic and noiseless Mansfield, more than four thousand feet above sea level. The farms in Westford are usually well cultivated -- a fact which needs no proof beyond the statement that few towns, if any, in Vermont have so evenly-distributed wealth. There are few paupers,... Read MORE...

1895 - Westford
Westford, a post-village in Westford township, Chittenden co., Vt., on Brown's River, about 15 miles N.E. of Burlington. Pop. of the township, 1237.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Westford, a post-village in Westford township (town), Chittenden co., Vt., on the Brown's River, about 15 miles NE. of Burlington. Pop. of the town in 1900, 888.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Westford:
Moss Glen Falls: Start your Westford adventure with a visit to Moss Glen Falls. This stunning waterfall, located in the neighboring town of Stowe, is just a short drive away. The trail to the falls is relatively easy and rewarding, making it a great spot for a leisurely hike and some fantastic photo opportunities.

Westford Village Historic District: Stroll through the charming Westford Village Historic District, where you can admire well-preserved 19th-century buildings. The town's history comes alive as you explore this quaint area.

Westford Hill Preserve: For hikers and nature lovers, the Westford Hill Preserve is a must-visit. This 257-acre natural area offers a network of trails that wind through lush forests and provide stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center: This center is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy activities like mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking on their well-maintained trails.... Read MORE...

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male ancestorMarin HART (26 April 1801, Westford, Vermont, USA - 13 April 1877, Castleton, Barry, Michigan, USA)
female ancestorDelcena JOHNSON (19 November 1806, Westford, Vermont, USA - 21 October 1854, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
photo of Julia Ann JOHNSONJulia Ann JOHNSON (9 November 1808, Westford, Vermont, USA - 23 October 1857, Crescent City, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA)
female ancestorCaroline MOULTON (16 July 1809, Randolph, Vermont, USA - 15 September 1888, Westford, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorDavid Partridge JOHNSON (10 September 1810, Westford, Vermont, USA - 30 October 1833, Kirtland, Ohio, USA)
photo of Almera Woodward JOHNSONAlmera Woodward JOHNSON (12 October 1812, Westford, Vermont, USA - 4 March 1896, Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA)
male ancestorHorrace BALL (1833, Westford, Vermont, USA - 5 March 1853, Dana, Massachusetts, USA*)
male ancestorJohn W. MUDGETT (1839, Westford, Vermont, USA - 13 December 1893, Morristown, Vermont, USA (Morrisville))
male ancestorPeter PROVOST (1846, Westford, Vermont, USA - 28 July 1882, Roxbury, Vermont, USA)

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