Peru, Vermont

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Brief History

Peru was chartered by Governor Wentworth on October 12, 1761 under the name of Bromley. In February, 1803, a petition from the inhabitants of Bromley to change the name of the town to Peru was approved by the governor's council. It is said that Bromley had a reputation abroad of being a poverty stricken place, and that Peru was substituted on account of the reported mineral wealth of Peru in South America.

The western part of the town is taken up entirely by mountains. The best known mountain is the ski resort Bromley Mountain, the only remaining evidence of the town's original name. [1]

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

Reunion celebration together with an historical sketch of Peru, Bennington County, Vermont : and its inhabitants from the first settlement of the town, Ira K. Batchelder. Read online.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

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

City Directories


1856 Map of Peru


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


1. Peru Congregational Church
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 212 , Peru, VT 05152
    Physical Address: Main St, Peru, VT
    Phone: (802) 379-1438

Town Records

Digital images of Peru Town records 1769-1950 vol 1, 4, 7, and  10-11 are availble online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Peru Town Clerks Office. These include Land records, 1802-1920, Card index to births, marriages, and deaths in the town records, 1769-1858, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1994.

Peru Town Clerk
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 127 Peru, VT 05152
Physical Address: 402 Main Street Peru, VT 
Phone: (802) 824-3065


The Manchester Journal

Libraries and Historical Societies


  1. History of the Town of Peru, Geroge K. Davis,

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