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Brief History

On September 7, 1761 Benning Wentworth, the Royal Governor of New Hampshire, signed a charter for 26,000 acres establishing the Town of Rutland in the name of Kind George III. The current towns of Rutland, West Rutland, Proctor and the City of Rutland were all included in the charter. Governor Wentworth preferred to name towns for prominent people in the hope that they would back his territorial claims on the west side of the Green Mountains over those of the Governor of New York. The town was likely named after the Duke of Rutland or John Murray, from Rutland. Massachusetts.

The history of West Rutland was closely tied to the marble industry and the first marble quarries were opened in 1814, but failed to flourish until William F. Barnes implemented technological innovations that revolutionized the industry. Barnes conceived the idea of channeling marble, a process that permitted large blocks of marble to be removed at one time. This procedure replaced the old method of blasting, a technique that created great amounts of waste. To lift the heavy blocks out of the quarry, Barnes erected the first derrick, the hoisting being accomplished by either oxen or horses.

In the late 1800's, West Rutland residents began to feel dissatisfied with their representation in local politics and petitioned to separate from East Rutland. The Vermont legislature approved, and on November 19, 1886 West Rutland was incorporated as its own town. The first town meeting was held on March 1, 1887 in Campbell Hall on Marble Street. At this meeting, West Rutland's civic government was organized and the officers were elected to carry on town business.[1][2]

Historical Data.

Town Histories

The Hub of the Community, West Rutland Town Hall, Victor and Ethel Sevigny, Rutland Historical Society Quaterly Newsletter, Spring 1983.  Full text online at this link.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for West Rutland is Rutland.

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

City Directories

Microfilm available at FamilySearch

Maps

Cemeteries

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

  • Pleasant Street Cemetery
  • Poor Farm Cemetery
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery
  • Saint Bridgets Cemetery
  • Saint Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery
  • Whipple Hollow Cemetery

Churches

1.  St. Bridgets Catholic Church
     28 Church St
     West Rutland, VT 05777‎
     (802) 438-2490

2.  Ira Baptist Church
     1846 VT Route 133
     West Rutland, VT 05777‎
     (802) 235-2239

3. St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish
    23 Barnes St
    West Rutland, VT 05777
    (802) 438-5671

4. United Church of West Rutland
    Pratt Hall
    West Rutland, VT 05777
    (802) 438-2861

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 West Rutland Town Hall.

West Rutland Town Clerk Office
35 Marble Street
West Rutland, VT 05777
(802) 438-2204
Website: http://www.westrutlandtown.com/tdtownclerk.php

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

West Rutland Public Library
595 Main St., PO BOX 66
West Rutland, VT 05777
(802) 438-2964
Website: http://westrutlandpubliclibrary.weebly.com/index.html
Email: westrutlandlibrary@live.com


West Rutland Historical Society
35 Marble St.
West Rutland, VT 05777
Website: http://www.westrutlandtown.com/thhistoricalsoc.php

References

  1. West Rutland Historical Society, 35 Marble Street, West Rutland, VT 05777, http://www.westrutlandtown.com/thhistoricalsoc.php
  2. West Rutland: Westside Town Was Made By Marble, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Jun. 16, 2006.

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