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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...

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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,...Read MORE...


  • 1791 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 63

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849

  • 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,...Read MORE...


  • 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 ...Read MORE...


  • 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...Read MORE...


  • 1800 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 648

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849

  • 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...Read MORE...


  • 1810 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,107

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849

  • 1820 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,025

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849

  • 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,...Read MORE...


  • 1830 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,290

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849

  • 1840 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,352

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849

  • 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, ...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Westford
    Westford, a post-township in Chittenden co., Vermont, 81 miles N. W. from Montpelier. Population, 1458.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • 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...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...Read MORE...


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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,... Read MORE...

  • 1791 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 63

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
  • 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,... Read MORE...

  • 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 ... Read MORE...

  • 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... Read MORE...

  • 1800 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 648

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
  • 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... Read MORE...

  • 1810 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,107

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
  • 1820 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,025

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
  • 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,... Read MORE...

  • 1830 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,290

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
  • 1840 - Population of Westford, Vermont - 1,352

    A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
  • 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, ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Westford
    Westford, a post-township in Chittenden co., Vermont, 81 miles N. W. from Montpelier. Population, 1458.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 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... 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... Read MORE...

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