Formed in 1764 NH - 1772 NY. 

Villages & Communities Within: 
Cookeville, Corinth Corners, Corinth Center, East
Corinth, Goose Green, South Corinth, and West Corinth. 

 A Brief History of Corinth

    The little village of Corinth lies in the central part of Orange County, bounded northerly by the rolling hills of Orange, Topsham and Newbury, easterly by Bradford and West Fairlee, Vershire on the south, Washington on the west. 

    It was first chartered by New Hampshire, February 4, 1764, to Col. John Taplin and others, and a confirmatory grant was afterwards procured from New York, by Henry Moore and others, February 2, 1772. It contains an area of 23,040 acres. 

    The first family to settle in the town was the Ezekiel Colby family in 1777, followed by several other families settling there in 1780 at which time the town was organized. 

    Corinth township is comprised of the following: West Corinth Village - about 1 1/2 miles from the west and 2 3/4 miles from the south line of town; East Corinth Village - in the northeastern part of the township, extending to the Topsham line; Corinth Village - about 1 mile south of the center of the town (also known as Cookeville); Corinth Center, a hamlet 3/4 mile east of Corinth Corinth Corners, a hamlet in the southwestern corner of the town. 

  The surface of this township is generally very uneven and broken, and the elevations abrupt, yet the land is, in almost every part, susceptible of cultivation.  The soil consists of a dark loam, mixed with a small portion of sand, is easily cultivated, and is very productive.  The land was originally timbered with hard wood except on the streams, where there was a mixture of hemlock, spruce and fir.  Small but handsome specimens of feldspar, garnet, serpentine, hornblend, mica and rock crystal have been found.  The rocks are principally granite and mica slate.  This township is well watered by Wait’s River, which runs through the north-east part, and by several of its branches. 

 On North Branch, from Topsham, in the north-east corner of the town is East village.  Another branch rises in Washington, passes through the south part of this town, and unties with Wait’s River in the western part of Bradford.  There are some other streams on which mills and other machinery are erected. 

  Boundaries.  Northerly by Topsham, easterly by Bradford, southerly by Vershire, and westerly by Washington. 

  First Settlers.  In the spring of 1777, previous to the settlement of the town,  Ezekiel Colby, John Nutting and John Armand, spent several weeks here in manufacturing maple sugar.  They started together from Newbury, with each a five pail kettle on his head, and with this load they travelled, by a pocket compass, twelve miles through the wilderness to the place of destination near the centre of the township.  This year, Mr. Colby moved his family into Corinth, which was the first family in town.  The next year, 1778, Mr. Nutting moved his family here, and Mrs. Colby was delivered of a son, Henry, the first child born in town.  In 1779, Messrs. Edmund Brown, Samuel Norris, Jacob Fowler and Bracket Towle, moved their families here, and the same year, Mr. John Aiken, of Wentworth, N. H., erected the first grist mill, which went into operation the year following.  Previous to this, the settlers had to go to Newbury, twelve miles, for their grinding.  In 1780, several other families came in, and the town was organized. 

  First Ministers.  A Freewill Baptist Church was organized in the north part of the town in 1805, and one in the south part in 1807.  A  Congregational Church was organized in 1820, and in 1821 they settled the Rev. Calvin Y. Chase, who died here in 1831. 

  Distances.  Twenty miles south-east from Montpelier, and ten north-east from Chelsea.  The Connecticut River Railroad passes near this town. 

(Gazetteer of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 50-51)

The town clerk maintains birth, death and marriage vital statistics and many other records of value in researching your ancestors. You can contact the Clerk's office at:

Corinth Vital Records Office
Corinth Town Clerk
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, VT 05039
(802) 439-5850
M 8:30-3:00 T 1-7 p.m.Th-F 8:30-3:00

The Corinth Historical Society

P.O. Box 505, Corinth, VT 05039 
Phone: 802-685-3812
Norm Colette, President 
Connie Longo, Secretary
Memberships are $3.00 singles, or $5.00 family, 
on an annual basis.

The museum is located in Cookeville and open Saturdays 
from the last week in June through 
Labor Day weekend. 

Hours: 10:00 AM-12 Noon or by appointment.

  Child's History of the Town of Corinth, 1762-1888 
  Welcome to Corinth, Vermont
  Corinth Historical Society, Inc.
  Vermont Genealogy Resources ~ Corinth




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