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Townshend is located in Windham County, Vermont. It's known for its classic New England village feel and beautiful countryside.


The town was named for the Townshend family, powerful figures in British politics. wikipedia



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Townshend, Vt., from Taft Hill, 1906
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Townshend, Vt., from Taft Hill, 1906
Town Square, 1907
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View of Townshend, Vt., 1910
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View of Townshend, Vt., 1910
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Townshend Inn, Townshend, Vt.
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Townshend Inn, Townshend, Vt.
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Leland & Gray Seminary
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1839 - Townshend
Townshend, Vermont
Windham county. This town was first settled in 1761. Among the first settlers, was Gen. Samuel Fletcher, who was a sergeant at the battle of Bunker Hill, in 1775, and a captain at Ticonderoga, in 1777. He afterwards rose to the rank of major general of the militia, was high sheriff of the county 18 years, and finally became a judge of the court. He was formerly a blacksmith; but having welded himself to a buxom lass, he came to this, then wilderness spot, and, with his axe cut his way to fortune, usefulness and renown.

West river passes through the town, with considerable rapidity: along its banks are some tracts of good intervale; but the surface of the town is generally hilly, and the soil more calculated for grazing than tillage. There are some manufactures in the town, a high school of good reputation, and two pleasant villages. Townshend lies 12 miles N.N.W. from Brattleborough, 28 N.E. from Bennington, 95 S. from Montpelier, and is bounded S. by Newfane.... Read MORE...

1849 Townshend
Windham Co. West River passes through this town, with considerable rapidity. Along its banks are some tracts of good intervale ; but the surface of the town is generally hilly, and the soil more calculated for grazing than tillage. There are some manufactures in the town, a high school of good reputation, and two pleasant villages.

The West Townshend Manufacturing Co. was incorporated in 1848.

Boundaries. North by Grafton and Athens, east by Athens and Brookline, south by Newfane, and west by Windham, Jamaica, and Wardsborough.

First Settlers. The first settlement was commenced here in 1761, by Joseph Tyler, who was soon joined by John Hazleton, whose mother lived to the age of one hundred and four years.

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 ... Read MORE...

1870 - Mrs. George Smith, of Townsend, Vt., has braided and sold the past year 1,000 straw hats.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
February 5, 1870
1906
Townshend, a post-village in Townsbend township (town), Windham co., Vt., on the West River, about 16 miles WSW. of Bellows Falls, and on the Central Vermont R. Pop. of the town in 1900, 833.
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 the best places to go and things to do in Townshend:
Townshend State Park:

Kick off your visit with some outdoor fun at Townshend State Park. With hiking trails, picnicking areas, and a beautiful pond, it's a great place for a leisurely day surrounded by nature.

Vermont Museum of Mining and Minerals:

Explore the geology and mining history of the region at the Vermont Museum of Mining and Minerals. The exhibits showcase the state's rich geological heritage and the stories of the people who worked in the mines.

Scott Covered Bridge:

Don't miss the Scott Covered Bridge, a historic wooden bridge that spans the West River. It's a great spot for photos and a peaceful stroll, offering a glimpse into Vermont's covered bridge tradition.

Farmers' Markets:

Check out local farmers' markets for a taste of Vermont's fresh produce, artisanal products, and crafts. It's an excellent opportunity to connect with the community and sample some delicious treats.

West River Trail:

If you're a fan of hiking or biking, the West River... Read MORE...

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

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female ancestorRuth PETERS (1747, Concord, New Hampshire, USA - 28 March 1842, Townshend, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorEbenezer BURT (14 March 1748, Killingly, Connecticut, USA (Danielson) (Dayville) (East Killingly) (Attawaugan) (Ballouville) - 20 November 1809, Townshend, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorElijah ROBINSON (July 25, 1750, Dudley, Massachusetts, USA - August 6, 1826, Townshend, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorMary DIKE (March 15,1751, Killingly, Connecticut, USA (Danielson) (Dayville) (East Killingly) (Attawaugan) (Ballouville) - February 22, 1822, Townshend, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorArethusa DUNCAN (8 February 1784, Dummerston, Vermont, USA - 27 December 1832, Townshend, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorBarnard SALISBURY (30 March 1785, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA (West Brattleboro) - 4 July 1854, Townshend, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorJoel LEONARD (9 March 1787, Warwick, Massachusetts, USA - 8 April 1863, Townshend, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorSylvia HOWARD (1 February 1793, Townshend, Vermont, USA - 28 February 1866, )
female ancestorAbigail DELVEE (5 December 1800, Warwick, Massachusetts, USA - 28 September 1882, Townshend, Vermont, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Townshend, Vermont, USA

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male ancestorBarnard SALISBURY (30 March 1785 - 4 July 1854) and female ancestorDeborah MURDOCK (1786 - ) married 10 February 1834
photo of Alphonso TAFT Alphonso TAFT (5 November 1810 - 21 May 1891) and female ancestorFanny PHELPS (28 March 1823 - 2 June 1852) married 1841

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