Benson, Vermont

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Brief History

The town was chartered on May 5, 1780. The name of the town was given in honor of Hon. Egbert Benson one of New York's most dedicated Revolutionary patriots. The town of Benson lies in the northwest part of the Rutland County, and is bounded on the north by Orwell; east by Sudbury, Hubbardton and Castleton; south by Fairhaven and Westhaven, and west by Lake Champlain. Benson Landing is a small hamlet located on the shore of Lake Champlain in Benson.  It grew out of the lake commerce which assumed great importance immediately after the opening of the Champlain Canal in 1823. The 2010 census shows that the population was 1,056. [1]

Historical Data

Town Histories

House With A Past, Erik Barnouw, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, Vermont 1992 - a digital copy of this book can be viewed online.


Benson town history, with a biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, can be found in the book: History of Rutland County by Henry Perry Smith, 1886, and viewed online.

Vital Records

  • FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records (searchable and browse only records) online

Probate Records

The probate district for Benson is Fair Haven.
Fair Haven Probate Court
3 North Park Place
Fair Haven, VT 05743
(802) 265-3380

City Directories

FamilySearch Catalog

Maps

1854 Rutland County, Benson map

Cemeteries

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

Churches

1. United Church of Benson
    2793 Stage Rd.
    Fair Haven, VT 05743
    Phone: (802) 537-2455

Town Records

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Benson Town Clerks Office.  These include:


Benson VT Town Clerk
2760 Stage Road
PO Box 163
Benson, VT 05731
Phone: (802) 537-2611
Email: townclerk@benson-vt.com

Libraries and Historical Societies

Public Library of Benson
2750 Stage Road
P.O. Box 163
Benson, VT 05731
Phone: (802) 537-4181
E-Mail: library@benson-vt.com

References

  1. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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