Townshend, Vermont

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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Windham Gotoarrow.png Townshend

Brief History

Townshend was chartered on June 20, 1753 by Benning Wentworth. Like all New England communities the early settlers spent their time and lives farming less than ideal soils and terrain. In the late 1700’s manufacturing, retail, and hospitality related concerns began to appear and flourish. Scott Bridge, located in Townshend, is the longest covered bridge in Vermont. [1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Townshend is Westminster.
Westminster Probate Court
PO Box 47
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Phone: (802) 463-3019

City Directories


1869 map of Townshend


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


Town Records

Townshend Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1780-1996 at FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Townshend Town Clerk's Office. These include Proprietors records, 1753-1801Records of marriages, births and deaths, 1857-1881; indexes of birth, death and marriage, 1857-1945, and Land records and deeds, 1780-1906; index, 1753-1945.

Town of Townshend
PO Box 223
2006 Route 30
Townshend, VT 05353
Phone: 802-365-7300
Website: Town of Townshend


The Manchester Journal

Brattleboro Reformer

Libraries and Historical Societies

Townshend Historical Society
PO Box 202
Townshend, VT 05353
Website: Townshend

Townshend Public Library
1971 VT Rte 30
PO Box 252
Townshend, VT 05353
Phone: 802-365-4039
Website: Townshend Public Library


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