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The Rise of the Village and Downtown Poultney

The 19th century saw the emergence of West Poultney as the center of town. The construction of Green Mountain College, Route 30 and later the railroad from Rutland to Albany assured the rise of the village and downtown area. The last half the 19th century was a period of economic growth for Poultney spearheading a […]

1761 – 1777 Colonial Times to Independence

Poultney was chartered in 1761 when Royal Governor Benning Wentworth, in the name of King George the Third, granted 61 proprietors equal shares in a township six miles square "for the due encouragement of settling a new plantation within Our said Province (of New Hampshire)." Governor Wentworth had made 16 of these "New Hampshire Grants" […]

How We Are Preserving the History of Poultney VT

The Poultney Historical Society was founded in 1935 and over the years has acquired three historic buildings in East Poultney. Volunteers have received and collected artifacts of local, regional and statewide interest during this time period. The Challenges A small but enthusiastic group of volunteers has been addressing many issues critical to the long-term preservation […]

About the Poultney Historical Society

The Poultney Historical Society, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1935, preserves and interprets the history of the Town of Poultney. An all-volunteer association supported through memberships and contributions from community members and visitors, the Society owns three historic buildings on-the-green in East Poultney, the Victorian Schoolhouse (1896), the Melodeon Factory (1854), and the Union […]