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Vermont--Then and Now!

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Manchester, Vermont


  • Manchester is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States.
  • Manchester has several rivers running through it: the Batten Kill, Lye Brook, Munson Brook and Bourn Brook.
  • The town lies between the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Range to the west.
  • Equinox Mountain, the highest summit in the Taconics, has an elevation of 3,850 feet (1,175 m).




  • Manchester was chartered in 1761


  • By 1839 about 6000 sheep roamed the pasturage and hillsides!  This was because the land was better suited for grazing than tillage.  



  • In 1840, 4 out of 5 Vermonters were farmers. 














  • It was named Manchester after Robert Montagu, 3rd Duke of Manchester, England.  


  • The town was once known as Factory Point, because of so many mills.  The name was changed to Manchester Center in 1886.


  • Other industries were: iron mines, marble quarries and mills, and lumber companies.


  • The arrival of the railroad from industrialized centers like New York City brought tourists, drawn by Manchester's historic architecture and beautiful setting among mountains.



  • Following the Civil War, the town developed into an affluent resort area, which it remains today.


View of Manchester, Vermont by DeWitt Clinton Boutelle (1870) 



The Green Mountain Boys







Cheese Press

      Almost all Vermonters had cows. Making butter and cheese was a way to use milk before it spoiled. Tubs of butter and wheels of cheese were produced by farmers and sold or traded for manufactured goods at local stores.




Pictures and some information from the Vermont Historical Society








  • According to the 2000 Census, there are there were 4,180 people living in Manchester!  


  • Today, Manchester offers world class shopping, historical landmarks, fabulous dinning, skiing, vibrant fall colors, hiking, canoeing, and antiquing.


  • Manchester Vermont visitors can enjoy skiing in nearby Bromley Mountain or Straton Mountain ski resorts.




Do any of these names look familiar???

There have been some interesting people who have lived, or are living, in Manchester!


Charles Augustus Aiken, clergyman, president of Union College, professor at Princeton University


Joseph Sweetman Ames, physicist and president of Johns Hopkins University


Edmund Bennett, judge and educator


Myra Bradwell, first American woman to become an attorney


James M. Clarke, congressman


Jeremiah French, soldier, judge and political figure in Upper Canada


Robert Todd Lincoln, first son of Abraham Lincoln


Ahiman Louis Miner, congressman


Benjamin S. Roberts, Union army general


The Samples, alternative rock band


Clara Sipprell, photographer


Richard Skinner, jurist and congressman


Treat Williams, movie and television actor




Richard Skinner

                      Robert Todd Linclon










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