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Town Meeting Day - A Brief History

Happy Town Meeting Day! A New England tradition, town meeting day is usually held on the first Tuesday in March. The first town meeting in Vermont was held in 1762, 15 years before the Vermont Republic was established, and 29 years before it gained statehood in 1791.

Historically, it has been an opportunity for neighbors to engage in robust discussion about a range of civic issues facing their communities during an in-person meeting. The tradition has evolved over time, with different municipalities adopting their own unique practices.

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