Formed in 1761 NH. 
Villages & Communities Within: 
Ely, Fairlee

   This is a rough and mountainous township, with very little productive land, on the west side of Connecticut River, and connected with Orford, N.H., by a bridge across that river. 
   Fairlee pond is two miles in length and about three fourths of a mile wide.  It formerly had no fish.  Some years ago a gentleman placed some pickerel in it, and the legislature passed a law protecting the fish from molestation for two years.  Since that time the pond has had an abundance of pickerel, of good size and quality. 

  Boundaries.  North by Bradford, east by Connecticut River, which separates it from Orford, N. H., south by Thetford, and west by West Fairlee. 

  First Settlers.  The settlement was commenced in 1766, by a Mr. Baldwin, who had settled the year before in Thetford.  In 1768, Mr. Samuel Miller, Samuel Bentley, and William and David Thompson, Noah Dewey, and Joel White, settled here. 

  First Minister.  A Congregational meeting-house was erected here, in 1806. 

  Distances.  Seventeen miles east south-east from Chelsea, and thirty-one south-east from Montpelier.  The Connecticut River Railroad passes through this town. 

(Gazetteer of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 60-61) 

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:

Fairlee Vital Records Office 
Fairlee Town Clerk
P.O. Box 95
Fairlee, VT 05045
(802) 333-4363
M & T 8:30-4:30 W 10-6 or by appt.

  Child's History of the Town of Fairlee, 1762-1888 
  Fairlee Historical Society





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