The town of Craftsbury was chartered on August 23, 1781 by the Vermont Legislature and includes the four unincorporated villages of Craftsbury Common, Mill Village, North Craftsbury and East Craftsbury.
In the original charter, the town was named Minden. According to the legislative journals the town's name was changed from Minden to Craftsbury in November, 1790 because "from a similarity of sound the names of Lyndon and Mindon are often mistaken one for the other"; the Craftsbury name was chosen to honor the town's chief grantee and first settler.
- The founding families of Craftsbury, Vermont : a study of the relationships between the proprietors and the first settlers of the town - view a digital copy of this book online.
- Craftsbury : a brief social history, by Daniel A Metraux (1977) - find this book in a library.
- The History of Craftsbury Academy
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
Orleans Probate Division
247 Main Street
Newport, VT · 05855
Phone: (802) 334-3305
The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Craftsbury. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Orleans County, website at this link.
- Branch Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Craftsbury Common Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Craftsbury Village Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- East Craftsbury Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1781-2005, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Craftsbury Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds (Craftsbury, Vermont), 1792-1901.
Craftsbury Town Clerk
85 S Craftsbury Rd.
PO Box 55
Craftsbury, VT 05826
Phone: (802) 586-2823
Libraries and Historical Societies
Craftsbury Public Library
12 Church Street
PO Box 74
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
Phone: 802 586-9683
Northeast Kingdom Genealogy - Genealogy resources for towns in the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia.
- About Craftsbury, Vermont - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/craftsbury.html#about
- Craftsbury, Vermont - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/OrleansCraftsbury.html