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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Chittenden Gotoarrow.png Williston


Brief History

Williston was granted as a town on June 7, 1763. Williston was one of ten towns granted on the same day to many of the same people, named for Samuel Willis, a wealthy Quaker from Long Island and the first grantee named. Thomas Chittenden, Vermont's first governor and for whom the county is named, is credited with being the first to settle in Williston.

With the coming of the Central Vermont Railroad, the smaller village of North Williston became a focal point, in 1876 the site of the first cold storage plant in New England. Tons of meat, poultry, butter and eggs could be stored here before being shipped to the New York and Boston markets. [1]   [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Williston is Chittenden.
Chittenden District Probate Court
175 Main St.
PO Box 511
Burlington VT 05402
Phone: (802) 651-1518

Military Records

City Directories


1869 map of Williston


The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Williston. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Chittenden County, website at this link.  


Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1764-1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Williston Town Clerk's Office. These include Indexes (B, M: 1764-1956, D: 1800-1956), births (1866-1930), marriages (1883-1950), deaths (1883-2001), Vital records, 1766-1870; indexes to vital records, 1763-1951, and Land records and deeds, 1772-1906; index to deeds, 1772-1950.

Williston Town Clerk
7900 Williston Rd.
Williston, VT 05495
Phone: (802) 878-5121


Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library
21 Library Lane
Williston, Vermont, 05495
Phone: (802) 878-4918

Williston Historical Society
P.O. Box 995
Williston, VT. 05495
Phone: (802) 878-4918


Adjacent towns: