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Brief History

The original design for the settlement of Danby was conceived, and the plan adopted, in Nine Partners, NY. The charter was granted by Benning Wentworth, governor of New Hampshire, on the 27th of August, 1761.  In 1769, the townspeople had their first formal meeting, during which they elected their town officials.

Within Dorset Mountain lies a massive amount of high quality marble stone. Most of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington was constructed of Danby marble. Marble is still extracted from the mammoth Imperial Quarry inside of Dorset Mountain. First opened in 1907, the quarry can boast of being the largest underground marble quarry in the world. The workings cover 25 acres and extend over six levels. Marble pillars support the ceilings and tractor-trailers drive in and out of the facility bearing heavy blocks of white marble.

Danby's most famous resident, Silas Griffith, left behind a legacy that still survives today. After his death in 1903, Griffith willed half of his fortune to the town. Part of it went to the establishment of the library. However, the most interesting portion of the will dedicated money to be spent on Christmas gifts for the children of Danby Village and Mount Tabor. [1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

The History and Map of Danby, Vermont (1869)

Historical Photos

Vital Records

  • FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online

Probate Records

The probate district for Danby is Rutland.

Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories

Maps

1854 Rutland County, Danby map

Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Danby. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link

  • Brown Cemetery
  • Dillingham Cemetery
  • Maple Grove Cemetery
  • Old Four Corners Cemetery
  • Otis Cemetery
  • Quaker-Staples Farm Cemetery
  • Red School House Cemetery

Churches

1. First Congregational Church
    159 S Main St,
    Danby, VT 05739
    Phone:(802) 293-5318

2. Mt. View Baptist Church
    195 Stone Ln.
    Danby, VT 05739
    Phone:(802) 293-5655

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Danby Town Clerks Office.  These include Land records (Danby, Rutland, Vermont), 1770-1900and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1770-1995.

Danby VT Town Clerk
130 Brook Road
PO Box 231
Danby, VT 05739
Phone: 802-293-5136
Email: danbytownclerk@vermontel.net

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

S.L. Griffith Memorial Library
74 S. Main Street
Danby VT, 05739
Phone: (802) 293-5106

References

  1. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.
  2. Danby: Picking up the pieces, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Sep. 29, 2006.

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