Ripton was chartered on April 13, 1781 by the Vermont State Legislature but was not settled for almost 20 years. The poet Robert Frost lived for many years in Ripton, and was instrumental in establishing the Breadloaf Writer's Conference. In 1953, the Vermont Legislature named a Green Mountain peak in the northwestern part of town, "Robert Frost Mountain," in his honor.  
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
The probate district for Ripton is Addison.
Addison Probate Court
7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 388-2612
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Ripton. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Addison County, website at this link.
- Cooks Cemetery - inscriptions found at Find A Grave site.
- Cushman Cemetery - inscriptions found at Find A Grave site.
- Galvin Cemetery - inscritions found at Find A Grave site.
- Gee Cemetery - inscriptions found at Find A Grave site.
- Kirby Cemetery- inscriptions found at Find A Grave site.
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1934-1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Ripton Town Clerk's Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1998; index to births, marriages, deaths, 1838-1998, Town records, 1780-1878, and Deeds, 1836-1850; index to deeds, 1792-1950.
Ripton Town Clerk
1311 Vermont Route 125
Ripton, VT 05766
Phone: (802) 388-2266
Libraries and Historical Societies
- Ripton VT Town History, http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/ripton.html#about
- History of the Town of Ripton, VT http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/AddisonRipton.html