Grand Isle, Vermont

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Modern town borders of Grand Isle in Grand Isle County, Vermont.

Brief History

Grand Isle was chartered on October 27, 1779 by the Vermont Legislature. It is one of four towns (Isle La Motte, Grand Isle, North Hero, and South Hero) comprising Vermont's "Lake Champlain Islands."

Originally, North Hero, South Hero and Grand Isle were granted to Ethan Allen, Samuel Herrick and 363 other Revolutionary War veterans as a single town known as Two Heroes.

In 1798, Two Heroes was divided into North Hero (the entire north island), Middle Hero and South Hero, with the last two sharing the southern island and a single representative to the legislature, hence they were not actually separate towns. This arrangement was not entirely satisfactory: in 1810, Middle Hero was given complete autonomy and renamed Grand Isle, which is what the French had originally called the whole southern island.

Grand-Isle and South Hero formed a part of Chittenden County until 1802, while the remaining three towns of Alburgh, Isle-La. Motte, and North Hero, formed a part of the County of Franklin. In 1801, the subject of forming a new county, to be called the "County of Grand-Isle," was discussed and on Nov. 9, 1802, the new county was incorporated. It was not until October, 1805, that the county was organized for the transaction of all legal public business as a county.   [1] [2]   

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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Military Records

Land Records

Probate Records

Grand Isle Probate Division
3677 U.S. Route 2
PO Box 7
North Hero VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-8350

Church Records

City Directories


1871 map of Grand Isle and South Hero


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

Town Records

Grand Isle Town Clerk
9 Hyde Rd.
Grand Isle, VT 05458
Phone: (802) 372-8830


St. Albans Messenger

Libraries and Historical Societies

Grand Isle Free Library
9 Hyde Rd.
Grand Isle, VT 05458
Phone: (802) 372-4797

Grand Isle Historical Society
PO Box 23
Grand Isle, VT 05458
Phone: (802) 372-4058


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