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The official website of Middletown Springs, VT. Our picturesque town was officially founded in when citizens of the towns of Ira, Poultney, Wells, and Tinmouth petitioned the Vermont legislature to create a new town bounded by the ridges that prevented them from attending meetings and worship services in their original towns.
At 23 square miles, it is slightly smaller than the average Vermont town, but boasts an enormous sense of community spirit and civic engagement. Over the years, our population has waxed and waned, and today about residents make up our close-knit rural community. Our rich history as a production center and resort destination continues to lend character to the town.
Nearby lakes, rivers, and mountains offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our elementary school, public library, general store, and local eatery provide the perfect venues for casual chats and other activities, from fundraising dinners to deer-hunting pools. They provided one of the original reasons to settle here; water for agriculture and power for mills.
Then in a heavy downpour caused floods that wiped out all but one of the mills. Jobs perished, commerce declined, and people moved away. For several decades only agriculture remained strong. By there were sheep in the Town and in the second half of the century dairy and cheese making thrived. Industry returned when A.
Gray began manufacturing horsepower treadmills and related agricultural equipment. By Gray employed 30 men and supported loggers, sawyers, teamsters, and others. Gray also rediscovered mineral springs that the flood Middletown springs VT buried. Soon Middletown waters were bottled and widely distributed and in the luxurious Montvert Hotel began catering to visitors to the springs.
By the early twentieth century the internal combustion engine had largely replaced the Gray horsepower machines and the Montvert Hotel was failing. A disastrous fire in destroyed four prominent buildings in the center of Town and further demoralized the populace. Again, agriculture sustained the Town.
The Buxton and Copeland farms were especially large and modern and in a creamery was built on the site of the old Gray horsepower factory. The creamery processed milk from as many as Vermont and New York farms but declined as farmers began selling directly to bottlers. Today we are mainly a bedroom community, with a heaping helping of small businesses and craftspeople dotting the landscape. Plans are in progress to erect a new Town Office in this space that will fill the void left by the loss of these local landmarks. Town Newsletter Archives.
Exposure Control Plan adopted May 14, All rights reserved. De by Maria Riley. About Middletown Springs.
Summer Story Time. Time: am - pm. Conservation Commission. Time: pm - pm.
Select Board. Fire Dept.Middletown springs VT
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About Middletown Springs