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Randolph, Vermont, USA - C.V.R.R. Station, Randolph, Vt.

Randolph is a town in Orange County, known for its historic downtown area and vibrant community. It's a hub for local businesses and cultural activities.


Vermont granted the town on November 2, 1780, when the New Hampshire settlers could not locate the original grantees, whose patents were issued by New York. It was chartered on June 29, 1781 to Aaron Storrs and 70 others, and was originally named "Middlesex".

The town was first settled circa 1778, when Vermont was an unrecognized state whose government existed in defiance of the government of New York, which claimed Vermont was a part of New York. To encourage recognition of the state by the United States, the town was renamed in honor of Edmund Randolph. wikipedia



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Randolph Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

C.V.R.R. Station, Randolph, Vt.
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C.V.R.R. Station, Randolph, Vt.
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Churches & training School, Randolph Center, Vt.
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South Main Street, 1903
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Main Street, Randolph, Vt., 1906
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Randolph High School, 1909
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Birdseye view of Randolph, Vt., 1910
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Main St. Randolph, Vt., 1914
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Normal School, Randolph Center, Vermont
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Business Block, Randolph, Vermont, 1950s
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1792 - Morgan Horse, owned by Justin Morgan, was brought to Randolph in 1792.

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1839 - Randolph
Randolph, Vermont
Orange county. This is an elevated township of good soil, particularly for grazing. It is generally well improved, and produces good butter, cheese and mutton. Between twelve and thirteen thousand sheep graze in its pastures.

It is well watered by branches of White river, on which are two woolen mills and other manufactures. There are a number of flourishing business locations in the town: the centre village is very pleasant and contains an academy of excellent reputation. This town was first settled about the year 1778. Population, 1830, 2,743.

Randolph lies 23 miles S. from Montpelier, 9 S.W. from Chelsea, and 34 N.N.W. from Windsor.
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 Randolph
Orange County. Randolph is watered by the second and third branch of White River; the former running through the eastern, and the latter through the western part of the town. These streams and their tributaries afford a number of advantageous situations for mills. The timber is, principally, maple, beech, and birch, with some hemlock, and spruce. The surface of Randolph is considerably elevated, but is less broken than that of the towns generally in this vicinity. The soil is productive, and the farming interest extensive.

There are here three pleasant villages ; one in the centre of the town, another in the eastern, and the other in the western part. The Centre Village is very handsomely situated on elevated ground. These villages are places of considerable business and some manufactures.

The West Randolph Academy was incorporated in 1847.

Boundaries. North by Brookfield, east by Tunbridge, south by Bethel and west by Braintree.

First Settlers. This town was chartered... Read MORE...

1854 - Randolph
Randolph, a post-township in Orange Co., Vt., 25 miles S. from Montpelier. Pop., 2666.

Randolph, a post-village in the above township, on the Vermont Central railroad, contains 1 or 2 churches, and an academy.
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.
1870 - Samuel Richmond, of Randolph, Vt., gathered six hundred bushels of apples from his orchard last fall, and one tree of natural fruit yielded seventy-bushels. The same tree has averaged thirty-two bushels for the past three years.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
February 5, 1870
1870 - A fox in Randolph, Vt., is credited with taking two hundred and fifty turkeys, twenty goslings, and a number of lambs.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
September 24, 1870
1895 - Randolph
Randolph, a post-village in Randolph township, Orange co., Vt., about 25 miles S. of Montpelier, and 3 miles E. of Randolph Station, which is at West Randolph. It contains 3 churches and a state normal school. It is often called Randolph Centre. The township is drained by two branches of Black River, and contains a larger village, named West Randolph. Pop. of the township, 2829.
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
1900 - NARROW ESCAPE IN RANDOLPH
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bover Are in an Exciting Runaway.
(Special to The Messenger)
Randolph, June 14. - Last Tuesday evening Alfred Bover drove across the South Pleasant street railroad crossing in front of an engine, which so frightened his horse that it ran into an electric light pole. Mr. Bover was accompanied by his wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Bover were thrown over the dash board. Mrs. Bover's head was bruised and she fainted as the result of the severe shaking. The horse was capture after freeing itself from the carriage, which was considerably damaged.
St. Albans Daily Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont
June 14, 1900
1906
Randolph, a banking post-village in Randolph town ship (town), Orange co., Vt., about 25 miles S. of Montpelier, on the Central Vermont R. It has wood-working industries and a state normal school. The town is drained by two branches of the Black River. Pop. in 1900, 3141 ; of the village, 1540.
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
1908 - Master Henry Baldwin Suffers Injuries.
The following news item will be of interest to St. Albans people as Henry Baldwin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Baldwin, of Mexico City, who formerly resided here: “Master Henry Baldwin, who is with his mother at their summer place in Randolph, is recovering from injuries received from falling while at play in a neighbor’s barn about a week ago. He was unconscious for some time after the fall and it was feared that the injuries would prove fatal.”
St. Albans Daily Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont
June 25, 1908
1911 - SCALDED BY STEAM Twenty Passengers Hurt in "Side-swiping" at Randolph MONTREAL SLEEPER IS WRECKED Engine of the Freight Extra Sticks Out Over Main Line and Cylinder Head is Torn Off.
Special to the Messenger)
Randolph, June 20. - Another accident was added to the toll on the Central Vermont railway this morning at 2:50 o'clock when north bound Montreal sleeper, known as train No. 1, "sideswiped" the engine on the south bound freight extra, which was on what is known as the west siding. The cylinder on engine No. 415 projected out into the right of way of engine No. 211 on No. 1 and the crash the cylinder on the freight engine was torn off and filled one coach with steam, scalding 20 passengers before they were able to escape out into the open.

Thirteen of the injured were at once taken to the sanatorium here, burned about the head and hands, and were attended by local doctors and the railroad surgeon, Dr. F. T. Gartland, of White River Junction, who was on the scene of the disaster as soon as possible. The two other injured passengers were able to continue on their journey.

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Mrs. Mary McGee, of Lowell, Mass., both hands, head and chest... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of things to do and places to visit in Randolph:
Chandler Center for the Arts:

Check out the Chandler Center for the Arts, a cultural hub hosting concerts, performances, and art exhibits. It's a great spot to enjoy local talent and immerse yourself in the arts scene.

Silver Lake State Park:

If you're a nature enthusiast, head to Silver Lake State Park. Enjoy a day of swimming, picnicking, or hiking around the beautiful Silver Lake. The park is a fantastic spot for a relaxing outdoor experience.

Randolph Historical Society and Museum:

Discover the town's history by visiting the Randolph Historical Society and Museum. It's a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the rich heritage of the area.

Bethany Church:

Explore the Bethany Church, a historic landmark with unique architecture. Attend a service if you're interested, or simply appreciate the beauty of this local gem.

Morgan's Tavern:

When it comes to dining, Morgan's Tavern is a popular choice. Enjoy a meal in a cozy atmosphere with a menu ... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorJonathan SPRAGUE (7 April 1739, Malden, Massachusetts, USA - 3 January 1822, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorTabitha BURDETT (10 March 1739, Malden, Massachusetts, USA - 15 May 1806, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorAzariah HYDE (30 August 1748, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville) - April 1829, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorPhineas MOULTON (15 May 1751, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA - 15 June 1834, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorMary BLODGETT (9 August 1751, Stafford, Connecticut, USA (Stafford Springs) (Staffordville) - 8 October 1830, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorIsabel UNKNOWN (, - 28 November 1800, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorJonathan S JONES (28 June 1780, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, USA - 18 June 1869, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorJohn MOULTON (1785, Randolph, Vermont, USA - 20 February 1853, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorEthel Francis “Fanny” FLYNN (7 August 1786, - 26 February 1869, Randolph, Vermont, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Randolph, Vermont, USA

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male ancestorJude MOULTON (10 August 1771 - 24 December 1863) and female ancestorEunice MILLER (28 August 1772 - 5 January 1823) married 13 September 1795
male ancestorDaniel "Dan" MOULTON (20 June 1773 - 1829) and female ancestorMaria MILES (4 November 1776 - ) married 20 December 1796
male ancestorJohn MOULTON (1785 - 20 February 1853) and female ancestorMary Gilbert RICE (21 July 1788 - May 1871) married May 1811
male ancestorStillman MOULTON (8 March 1792 - 12 May 1877) and female ancestorLavinia FORD (23 October 1808 - 6 August 1898) married 14 May 1828
male ancestorBelcher SALISBURY (10 May 1790 - 7 April 1863) and female ancestorEthel Francis “Fanny” FLYNN (7 August 1786 - 26 February 1869) married 16 November 1829
male ancestorGeorge Stillman MOULTON (4 May 1834 - 4 December 1900) and female ancestorLucy Ann CHADWICK (21 July 1835 - 25 April 1919) married 3 July 1860
photo of Albert Leslie PALMER Albert Leslie PALMER (September, 1859 - 2 February 1929) and photo of Mary Priscilla MURPHY Mary Priscilla MURPHY (23 July 1857 - 1943) married 15 December 1885

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