Pownal, Vermont

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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Bennington Gotoarrow.png Pownal

Brief History

Pownal was the first town Benning Wentworth granted after the French and Indian wars and it was chartered on January 8, 1760. Thomas and John Pownall were both listed on the charter but the final l in their name was left off and also left off of the name of the town in the charter.

Two Presidents taught school in Pownal at the beginning of their careers. Chester A. Arthur educated Pownal youth as did James A. Garfield. When Garfield was assassinated in 1881, Arthur succeeded him as President. A marker was placed near the North Pownal Congregational church in 1958 to note this fact.

Pownal was the site of Vermont's only racetrack. The racetrack was a horse track until 1976, when it then switched to greyhounds. It permanently closed in 1992. [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

Pownal: A Vermont Town's Two Hundred Years and More, Joseph Parks, Pownal Bicentennial Committee, 1977.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Pownal is Bennington.
Bennington Probate Division
207 South St.
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 447-2705

City Directories

1880 - 1881 Pownal directory

Maps

1856 Map of Pownal

Cemeteries

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

The Pownal Historical Scoiety has provided information and some grave stone inscriptions for several of these cemeteries at their website.

  • Eldred Cemetery (aka Fowler Farm Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Gardner Cemetery (aka Gardner Historical Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Lovett Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Mason Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Morgan-Towslee Cemeter - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Pownal Yard Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Oak Hill Cemeter - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Potter Cemetery(aka William Arnold Farm Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Potter Cemetery (aka Eunice Wilcox Farm Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Pownal Center Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Sherman Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Woodland Cemetery (aka J. Wilcox Farm Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches

Pownal's church history from 1760 to 1840 - A Time for Building Churches Pownal from the book " A Vermont Town's Two Hundred Years And More." (Courtesy of the Pownal Historical Society)

Pownal Church History After 1840 - Courtesy of the Pownal Historical Society

Town Records

Digital images of Pownal Town records 1732-2005  are available online at FamilySearch.

Marriages in Pownal,Vermont to 1850 - available on the Pownal Historical Society Website.

Deaths in Pownal, VT from 1921-1980 - available on the Pownal Historical Society Website.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Pownal Town Clerks Office. These include Land records, 1750-1894; indexes to land records, 1760-1931 , Town records, 1775-1903, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1994.

Pownal Town Clerk
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 411 Pownal, VT 05261
Physical Address: 467 Center Street Pownal, VT 05261
Phone: (802) 823-7757
Email: powclerk@sover.net
Website: http://www.pownal.org/TownOffice/TownOffice.html

Newspapers

Bennington Banner Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies

Solomon Wright Library
97 Main Street
PO Box 400
Pownal, VT, 05261
Phone: (802) 823-5400
Email: pownal_pub@vals.state.vt.us
Website: http://solomonwrightlibrary.org/

Pownal Historical Society
Solomon Wright Public Library, Pownal, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 313, Pownal, VT 05261
Website: pownal.pbwiki.com
Email: pownal@comcast.net
Phone: (802) 823-5536
Contact: Ken Held, President, heldkw@comcast.net

References

  1. History of the Town of Pownal, T. E. Brownell, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/BenningtonPownal.html

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