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Vernon, Vermont, USA - South Vernon House, South Vernon, Vermont

Vernon is a town in Windham County, Vermont. It's home to the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant and offers a mix of rural and industrial landscapes.

The town was chartered in 1672 as part of the Massachusetts Grant. In 1736 the area was granted by Massachusetts as part of Fall Town, and in 1753 the area was granted as Hinsdale. When the Connecticut River was established as a boundary, two separate towns were created: Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Hinsdale, Vermont. The people who lived in Hinsdale, Vermont wanted a separate name, and in 1802 the Vermont legislature changed the town's name to Vernon. The name is said to have been chosen after President George Washington's plantation home, Mount Vernon. wikipedia

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South Vernon House, South Vernon, Vermont
Vernon, Vermont, USA

South Vernon House, South Vernon, Vermont
Dam at Vernon, Vt. and Hinsdale, N.H.
Vernon, Vermont, USA

Dam at Vernon, Vt. and Hinsdale, N.H.
Advent Church, So. Vernon, Vt.
Vernon, Vermont, USA

Advent Church, So. Vernon, Vt.

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Vernon was chartered in 1672 as part of the Massachusetts Grant
Vernon - In 1736 the area was granted by Massachusetts as part of Fall Town
1753 - Vernon - In 1753 the area was granted as Hinsdale
In 1802 the Vermont legislature changed the town's name from Hinsdale to Vernon
1839 - Vernon
Vernon, Vermont
Windham county. Vernon lies on the west side of Connecticut river, opposite to Winchester, N.H. That river bends abruptly at this place, but in consequence of its elevated and rocky shore, affords this town but little intervale land. The surface is generally mountainous, rocky and unproductive. There are in the town, fine forests of oak and chestnut timber, and quarries of slate. Vernon was settled at an early period, and for many years was subject to Indian depredations. The remains of an old fort built in 1740, are now seen: many persons were killed and carried into captivity; among the latter was the celebrated Mrs. Howe. From its settlement until 1802, Vermon was called Hinsdale.

Vernon is 18 miles S.E. from Newfane and is bounded S. by Brattleborough. Population, 1830, 681.
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
1854 - Vernon
Vernon, a post-township in Windham co., Vermont, on the W. side of Connecticut river, about 65 miles S. by W. from Concord, intersected by the Connecticut River railroad. Population, 821.
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.
1895 - Vernon
Vernon, a post-hamlet in Vernon township, Windham co., Vt., on the Connecticut River and the New London Northern Railroad, 5 miles S. of Brattleborough. Pop. of the township, 764.
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
1936 - Big Vermont Dam Goes Out; Deaths In Its Path Feared.
BOSTON, Mass., March 18 (AP). - A $1,000,000 dam at Vernon, Vt., went roaring out before the force of the flood swollen Connecticut River Wednesday night. State police announced as they ordered everybody out of the valley below.

The power dam yielded at 11:10 p.m. Its powerhouse had been abandoned shortly before. A six-mile ice jam to the north had caused apprehension for several days.

Residents of Hatfield were marooned The report said Hadley and Sutherland were abandoned. Northfield was the first town in the path of the released waters. Some loss of life was feared.

New England previously had placed its death toll at eighteen because of floods which ravaged its lands the last week.

A southeast storm deluged the area. Mountain snows, softened by continued unseasonable warm temperatures, poured thousands of tons of water into raging rivers, which in turn engulfed communities, submerged highways and railroad trackage, swept bridges before them and cut lines of power, light... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's some of the best places to go and things to do in the Vernon area:
1. Retreat Farm:
Located in the neighboring town of Brattleboro, Retreat Farm is a must-visit destination for families and nature lovers. This working farm offers a range of activities, including guided farm tours, animal encounters, and educational programs. You can learn about sustainable agriculture, meet farm animals, and explore scenic walking trails. It's a great place for both kids and adults to connect with nature.

2. Vermont Jazz Center:
If you're a fan of jazz music, the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro is worth checking out. They host a variety of concerts and workshops throughout the year, featuring world-class jazz musicians. It's an intimate and welcoming venue for experiencing the art of jazz in a relaxed setting.

3. Brattleboro Farmers' Market:
Just a short drive from Vernon, the Brattleboro Farmers' Market is a local gem. It operates on Saturdays from May to October and on Saturdays and Sundays from November to December. You'll find fresh produce, artisanal ... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorBenjamin FRIZZELL (1748, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 1819, Canaan, Vermont, USA (Beecher Falls))
male ancestorElijah FRIZZELL (22 March 1778, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 25 August 1860, La Moille, Bureau, Illinois, USA)
female ancestorWealthy SYKES (1787, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 6 May 1870, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (Florence))
male ancestorHayden W. FAIRMAN (1821, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 19 October 1873, Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA (South Deerfield))
female ancestorMary C. ALLEN (1824, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 19 March 1878, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))
male ancestorGeorge A STREETER (1836, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 17 July 1872, Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA (Aldenville) (Chicopee Falls))
male ancestorOscar H STREETER (1841, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 31 December 1859, Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA (Aldenville) (Chicopee Falls))
photo of Martha Rosina TOBEYMartha Rosina TOBEY (10 July 1869, Vernon, Vermont, USA - 13 November 1942, Westmoreland, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorVesta Louise DAVIS (10 April 1913, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro) - 12 January 2000, Vernon, Vermont, USA)

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