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South Hero was chartered on October 27, 1779 by the Vermont Legislature. It is one of four towns (Isle La Motte, Grand Isle, North Hero, and South Hero) comprising Vermont's "Lake Champlain Islands."
Originally, North Hero, South Hero and Grand Isle were granted to Ethan Allen, Samuel Herrick and 363 other Revolutionary War veterans as a single town known as Two Heroes.
In 1798, Two Heroes was divided into North Hero (the entire north island), Middle Hero and South Hero, with the last two sharing the southern island and a single representative to the legislature, hence they were not actually separate towns. This arrangement was not entirely satisfactory: in 1810, Middle Hero was given complete autonomy and renamed Grand Isle, which is what the French had originally called the whole southern island.
The first settlers of South Hero took advantage of the fertile soil with subsistence farming, growing fruit, tending gardens, maple sugaring, dairying and spinning and weaving fabric from domestic materials. As the town grew, the main source of income for residents came from farming, dairying and fruit growing, as the fertile land generated abundant crops, which were good for community development.   
- History of the South Hero Island : being the towns of South Hero and Grand Isle, Vermont, by Allen L Stratton (1980) - find this book in a library.
- A Brief History of the Town of South Hero - courtesy of the University of Vermont
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
Grand Isle Probate Division
3677 U.S. Route 2
PO Box 7
North Hero VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-8350
1871 map of Grand Isle and South Hero
The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day South Hero Town. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Grand Isle County, website at this link.
- South Hero Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1807-1907, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).
- The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the South Hero Town Clerk's Office. These include: Town and vital records of South Hero, Vermont, 1768-2000, and Deeds, 1783-1900; index to deeds, 1783-1880.
Town of South Hero
333 U.S. Route 2
P.O. Box 175
South Hero, VT 05486
Phone: (802) 372-5552
Libraries and Historical Societies
South Hero Community Library
75 South St.
South Hero, VT 05486
Phone: (802) 372-6209
- ↑ South Hero, Vermont, University of Vermont - http://www.uvm.edu/~clpp/conservationleadership/site/?Page=town.html
- ↑ About South Hero, Vermont - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/southhero.html#about
- ↑ South Hero, Vermont - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/GrandIsleSouthHero.html
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