Strafford, Vermont

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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Orange Gotoarrow.png Strafford

Brief History

Strafford was granted its charter on August 12, 1761. The first known permanent settlers in Strafford arrived about 1767, establishing what is now called the “Old City” settlement. The discovery of copperas and copper ore at Strafford in the 1790s led to the creation of the Elizabeth Mine Company and the Vermont Mineral Company. During the last period of its operation the Elizabeth Mine was the largest in New England. [1]  [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

The town house : being the first volume of a projected series of occasional writings on the history of the town of Strafford, Vermont, by Gwenda Smith, 1992 - find this book in a library.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Strafford is Orange.
Orange Probate Court
5 Court St
Chelsea VT 05038
Phone: (802) 685-4610

City Directories


1877 map of Strafford


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


Town Records.

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1903-1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Strafford Land Records, 1850-1902, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Strafford Town Clerk's Office. These include Town and vital records, 1779-1905, Deeds, 1784-1850, and Proprietors records, 1761-1831.

Strafford Town Clerk
Physical address: 227 Justin Morrill Highway
Mailing address: P.O. Box 27
Strafford, VT 05072
Phone: (802) 765-4411


The Herald of Randolph

Valley News

Libraries and Historical Societies

Morrill Memorial & Harris Library
220 Justin Morrill Highway
PO Box 110
Strafford, VT 05072
Phone: (802) 765-4037

Strafford Historical Society
P.O. Box 100
Strafford, VT 05072
Phone: (802) 765-4379


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