New Hampshire Gov. Benning Wentworth granted the charter of Killington on July 7, 1761, for an area of 24,640 acres. The first attempt at settlement failed in 1774, but pioneers persevered and Isaiah Washington is credited with being the first settler in the southeast corner of the town in the rich soils of the Ottauquechee River valley.
Town residents voted to change the town name in 1800 to Sherburne. Killington became part of the past as townspeople recognized one of the original proprietors, Col. Benjamin Sherburne.
Sherburne reverted to its historical beginnings in 1999. That year the town voted to change the town name back to Killington. The Vermont Legislature approved the alteration. However, every time one drives over Sherburne Pass, it is evidence that Col. Sherburne's legacy still survives in town. If that is not enough proof, just visit the Sherburne Elementary School, Sherburne Library or the Sherburne Fire Department.
History of Killington Ski Area - Killington, Vermont
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
The probate district for Killington (Sherburne) is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-0114
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Killington (Sherburne). For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link.
- Anthony Family Cemetery
- Church of Our Saviour Cemetery
- Hillside Cemetery
- Riverside Cemetery
- Wood-Clement Episcopal Cemetery
1. Church of Our Saviour
Mission Farm Rd.
Killington, VT 05751
Phone: (802) 422-9064
2. Sherburne United Church of Christ
4173 Rte. 4
Killington VT 05751
Phone: (802) 422-9440
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Killington (Sherburne) Town Clerks Office. These include records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1903-1995; index to births, marriages, deaths, 1883-1995.
Killington Town Clerk
2706 River Road
P.O. Box 429
Killington, VT 05757
Phone: (802) 422-3243
Killington Town Clerk Website
Rutland Herald online at this link.
Libraries and Historical Societies
Sherburne Memorial Library
2998 River Rd
Killington, VT 05751
Phone: (802) 422 9765
- Killington: A place where the mountains are king, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Dec. 8, 2006.
- History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886