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Town Name: Wolcott

Population: 1,456

Area: 40.5 SQ MILES

Brief History: The town was granted by the state in November of 1780 and chartered to Joshua Stanton and 61 others on August 22, 1781. It is named for Major General Oliver Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The first settlers were Thomas Taylor and Seth Hubbell with their families in 1789, followed by Luke Guyer and Hezekia Whitney along with their families. The town was organized, and the first town meeting was held in March of 1791, when all of the male citizens were elected to an office. Thomas Taylor was the first justice of the peace and held the office for 30 years. He was also elected town clerk, first selectman, and constable. In 1801 he was elected to the legislature and held the office for 20 years. He also built the first frame house.

General Area Info: The Lamoille River flows across town from east to west. Several years ago, copper was discovered near the western line of the town and a mining company was formed soon after, although there has been no development of the mines. North Wolcott is a hamlet in the northern section of town.

Attractions: Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge, East Hill Wildlife Management Area, Wolcott Pond, Wolcott Pond Brook Falls

Recreational Activities: Paddling, Snowmobiling, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing

Fun Facts:

  • There are over 55 miles of roads in the town.
  • Poet and playwright David Budbill lived in Wolcott for 45 years. He created the fictional town of Judevine, named after a local mountain.

 

Wolcott Town Website

Schools:

  • K-6: Wolcott Elementary School
  • Grades 7-8: Choice

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