Manchester, Vermont

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
(Created page)
 
(Added content to page)
Line 1: Line 1:
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Bennington County, Vermont|Bennington ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Manchester''' ''  
+
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Bennington County, Vermont|Bennington ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Manchester'''''  
  
 
=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
 +
 +
Manchester is a town in, and one of two shire towns of, Bennington County, Vermont. &nbsp;The town was chartered on Aug. 11, 1761 and organized in March of 1766. &nbsp;Within the township of Manchester are three villages; Manchester, Manchester Center and Manchester Depot.<br>
 +
 +
From 1850 into the 1920s, Manchester entered its resort phase. The natural beauty of the area and its relative lack of development drew tourists. Franklin Orvis opened Manchester’s most famous hotel, the Equinox, in 1853, which became the centerpiece of Manchester's tourist industry.&nbsp;<ref>History of the Town of Manchester, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/BenningtonManchester.html</ref><ref>The Shires of Vermont Byway, http://www.rpc.bennington.vt.us/documents/Shires%20of%20VT%20Byway_CMP_Lo_Res.pdf</ref>
  
 
=== Historical Data  ===
 
=== Historical Data  ===
 +
 +
The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vtwindha/vhgix/index.htm Vermont Historical Gazetteer] is a 5 volume set of historical information by Abby Maria Hemenway with Volume I published in 1867 and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death. Also available online in PDF format at this [http://archive.org/details/vermonthistorica01heme link].
  
 
=== Town Histories  ===
 
=== Town Histories  ===
 +
 +
[http://www.equinoxresort.com/stories/equinox/ Equinox House history]
 +
 +
Manchester, Vermont: A Pleasant Land Among the Mountains. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/manchester-vermont-a-pleasant-land-among-the-mountains-1761-1961/oclc/13702529 Locate this book in a library].
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 +
 +
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=47 online].
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
=== City Directories  ===
+
The Family History Library has microfilm of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/274352?availability=Family%20History%20Library Probate records (Manchester District, Vermont), 1779-1914].
 +
 
 +
Digital images of &nbsp;Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District, probate records, 1779-1935 are availble [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1935045 online at FamilySearch].
 +
 
 +
The probate district for Manchester is Manchester.<br>Manchester Probate Court<br>P.O. Box 446, Manchester, VT 05846<br>Phone: (802) 362-1410
 +
 
 +
=== City Directories<br> ===
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
 +
 +
[http://www.old-maps.com/vermont/vt_towns/BenningtonCo/Manchester_1856-wb.jpg 1856 Manchester map]
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
=== Churches  ===
+
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Landgrove. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Bennington County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/bennington.htm link].
  
=== Town Records  ===
+
*Collson Cemetery
 +
*Dellwood Cemetery<br>
 +
*Factory Point Cemetery
 +
*Manchester Cemetery
 +
*McDonald Cemetery
 +
*Morse Hill Cemetery
 +
*Old Catholic Cemetery
 +
*Oreb Taylor Family Cemetery
 +
*Roberts Cemetery
 +
*South Dorset Cemetery
 +
*Woodlawn Cemetery
 +
 
 +
=== Churches<br>  ===
 +
 
 +
1.&nbsp;Christ Our Savior Parish<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 398 Bonnet St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Manchester Center, VT 05255 <br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 362-1380
 +
 
 +
2.&nbsp;First Congregational Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 3624 Main St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Manchester, VT 05254<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 362-2709
 +
 
 +
3.&nbsp;Northshire Baptist Fellowship<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 5769 Main St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Manchester Center, VT 05255<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 362-1988
 +
 
 +
4.&nbsp;St John's Chapel<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 3512 Main St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Manchester Center, VT 05255<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: 802) 362-0884
 +
 
 +
=== Town Records<br> ===
 +
 
 +
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Manchester Town Clerks Office. These include [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/24324?availability=Family%20History%20Library Land records, 1761-1901; general index to land records, 1761-1950],&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/664450?availability=Family%20History%20Library Records of births, marriages, deaths, 1857-1995], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/664447?availability=Family%20History%20Library Town records, v. 1, 1831-1919],&nbsp;and&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/664510?availability=Family%20History%20Library Card index to vital statistics in the early land and town records books].
 +
 
 +
Manchester Town Clerk<br>6039 Main Street<br>Manchester Center, VT 05255)<br>Phone: (802) 362-1313, option 1<br>Website: [http://www.manchester-vt.gov/content/town-clerks-office http://www.manchester-vt.gov/content/town-clerks-office]<br>
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 +
 +
[http://www.manchesterjournal.com/ The Manchester Journal]
  
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
 +
 +
Mark Skinner Library<br>48 West Rd<br>Manchester, VT 05254<br>Phone:(802) 362-2607<br>Email: info@MarkSkinnerLibrary.org<br>Website: [http://markskinnerlibrary.org/home/ http://markskinnerlibrary.org/home/]<br>
 +
 +
Manchester Historical Society<br>Mark Skinner Library<br>48 West Road, Manchester, VT<br>Mailing Address: PO Box 363, Manchester, VT 05254<br>Email: judyannh@together.net <br>Phone: (802) 362-3708<br>Contact: Judith Harwood, Curator<br>
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===

Revision as of 00:07, 19 August 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Bennington Gotoarrow.png Manchester

Contents

Brief History

Manchester is a town in, and one of two shire towns of, Bennington County, Vermont.  The town was chartered on Aug. 11, 1761 and organized in March of 1766.  Within the township of Manchester are three villages; Manchester, Manchester Center and Manchester Depot.

From 1850 into the 1920s, Manchester entered its resort phase. The natural beauty of the area and its relative lack of development drew tourists. Franklin Orvis opened Manchester’s most famous hotel, the Equinox, in 1853, which became the centerpiece of Manchester's tourist industry. [1][2]

Historical Data

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer is a 5 volume set of historical information by Abby Maria Hemenway with Volume I published in 1867 and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death. Also available online in PDF format at this link.

Town Histories

Equinox House history

Manchester, Vermont: A Pleasant Land Among the Mountains. Locate this book in a library.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The Family History Library has microfilm of Probate records (Manchester District, Vermont), 1779-1914.

Digital images of  Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District, probate records, 1779-1935 are availble online at FamilySearch.

The probate district for Manchester is Manchester.
Manchester Probate Court
P.O. Box 446, Manchester, VT 05846
Phone: (802) 362-1410

City Directories

Maps

1856 Manchester map

Cemeteries

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

  • Collson Cemetery
  • Dellwood Cemetery
  • Factory Point Cemetery
  • Manchester Cemetery
  • McDonald Cemetery
  • Morse Hill Cemetery
  • Old Catholic Cemetery
  • Oreb Taylor Family Cemetery
  • Roberts Cemetery
  • South Dorset Cemetery
  • Woodlawn Cemetery

Churches

1. Christ Our Savior Parish
    398 Bonnet St.
    Manchester Center, VT 05255
    Phone: (802) 362-1380

2. First Congregational Church
    3624 Main St.
    Manchester, VT 05254
    Phone: (802) 362-2709

3. Northshire Baptist Fellowship
    5769 Main St.
    Manchester Center, VT 05255
    Phone: (802) 362-1988

4. St John's Chapel
    3512 Main St.
    Manchester Center, VT 05255
    Phone: 802) 362-0884

Town Records

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Manchester Town Clerks Office. These include Land records, 1761-1901; general index to land records, 1761-1950Records of births, marriages, deaths, 1857-1995, Town records, v. 1, 1831-1919, and Card index to vital statistics in the early land and town records books.

Manchester Town Clerk
6039 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255)
Phone: (802) 362-1313, option 1
Website: http://www.manchester-vt.gov/content/town-clerks-office

Newspapers

The Manchester Journal

Libraries and Historical Societies

Mark Skinner Library
48 West Rd
Manchester, VT 05254
Phone:(802) 362-2607
Email: info@MarkSkinnerLibrary.org
Website: http://markskinnerlibrary.org/home/

Manchester Historical Society
Mark Skinner Library
48 West Road, Manchester, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 363, Manchester, VT 05254
Email: judyannh@together.net
Phone: (802) 362-3708
Contact: Judith Harwood, Curator

References

Adjacent towns: