Manchester, Vermont

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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.

  • Dellwood Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Factory Point Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Oreb Taylor Family Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Roberts Homestead Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

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

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