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Newfane, Vermont, USA - Main Street, Newfane, Vt., Looking North, 1909

One of the New Hampshire grants, it was chartered on June 19, 1753 by Governor Benning Wentworth, who named it Fane after John Fane, the 7th Earl of Westmoreland. But hostilities during the French and Indian War prevented its settlement. Because a first town meeting was not held within the required five years, the charter was deemed null and void. So Wentworth issued an entirely new charter on November 3, 1761 as New Fane. The town was settled in 1766 by families from Worcester County, Massachusetts. Newfane became the shire town of the county before 1812. Atop Newfane Hill, they built a village, including the county buildings. Because of winter travel difficulties, however, it was relocated to the flatland below in 1825, until 1882 called Fayetteville after the Marquis de Lafayette...

Newfane includes the villages of Newfane, Williamsville and South Newfane.

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Main Street, Newfane, Vt., Looking North, 1909
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Main Street, Newfane, Vt., Looking North, 1909
Birds Eye View, Newfane, Vt., 1910
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Birds Eye View, Newfane, Vt., 1910
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1839 - Newfane
Newfane, Vermont
Windham county. County town.—Newfane lies about 100 miles S. from Montpelier and 12 N.W. from Brattleborough [Brattleboro]. First settled, 1766. The town is watered by a branch of West river, and several other streams. The surface of the town is diversified by hills and valleys; the soil is good, and produces white oak and walnut in abundance. There is but little waste land in the town: the uplands are inferior to none for grazing, and the intervales afford excellent tillage. Newfane exhibits a great variety of minerals, among which are some of value. Perhaps no town in the state presents a more inviting field for the mineralogist than this.

There are two pleasant villages in the town. The centre village contains the county buildings: it is on elevated land, and commands a very extensive and delightful prospect. Population, 1830, 1,441.
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
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Newfane, a post-village, capital of Windham co., Vt., in Newfane township (town), on the Central Vermont R., 13 miles NW. of Brattleboro, its banking point. Pop. of the town in 1900, 905.
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 - There are plenty of places to go and things to do in Newfane and its surrounding areas. Here's a list to get you started:
Newfane Village:

Start your exploration in the heart of Newfane at the village center. This area is known for its well-preserved historic buildings, including the iconic Newfane Congregational Church, which was built in 1824.

Newfane Common:

Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Newfane Common, a lovely green space in the center of town. It's a great place to relax, have a picnic, or simply take in the beautiful surroundings.

Newfane Heritage Festival:

If you happen to visit in early autumn, don't miss the Newfane Heritage Festival. This annual event features craft vendors, local food, live music, and a classic Vermont country fair atmosphere.

Williamsville Covered Bridge:

Just a short drive from Newfane, you'll find the historic Williamsville Covered Bridge. It's a great spot for photos and a quintessential New England experience.

Vermont Artisan Designs:

This local gallery and shop in Brattleboro (about 10 miles south of Newfane) showcases a wide range of... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Newfane, Vermont, USA

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female ancestorMary (Molly) ARNOLD (1737, , Rhode Island, USA - 3 November 1814, Newfane, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorJohn MORSE (1815, Newfane, Vermont, USA - 3 November 1853, Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA (Aldenville) (Chicopee Falls))
male ancestorThomas P. MORSE (1818, Newfane, Vermont, USA - 11 September 1895, Dummerston, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorLydia A. HAYWARD (1831, Newfane, Vermont, USA - 29 May 1868, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))
female ancestorSarah LAMSON (1831, Newfane, Vermont, USA - 2 January 1850, Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA (Aldenville) (Chicopee Falls))
male ancestorWilliam S. HANKS (1846, Newfane, Vermont, USA - 14 May 1868, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))
female ancestorAlice E BOWEN (October 3, 1854, , Vermont, USA - September 19, 1942, Newfane, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorBairna Phebe "Bessie" HAMMER (26 February 1862, Christiana, Norway - 17 December 1929, Newfane, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorAlice May ROBINSON (January 15,1878, Jamaica, Vermont, USA (Rawsonville) - May 8 1900, Newfane, Vermont, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Newfane, Vermont, USA

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male ancestorElijah ROBINSON (August 21, 1817 - March 10, 1887) and female ancestorEllen BROWN (January 26, 1826 - May 24, 1881) married June 10, 1844

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