Formed in 1781 VT. 
Villages & Communities Within: 
East Orange, Orange

   Knox Mountain in the north-easterly part of the town is a considerable elevation, and affords inexhaustible quantities of granite for building stone.  The timber is chiefly hard wood, except along the streams, where it is spruce, hemlock, cedar, pine and fir.  The soil in some parts of the town, particularly on the heights, is rather cold and wet; in other parts and on the streams it is rich and productive. 
   The principal stream of water is Jail Branch.  Coming from Washington, it receives a considerable stream from the north, called Cold Branch; and then passes into Barre. Orange possesses a large and valuable water power. 

   Boundaries.  North by a part of Plainfield, Goshen, Harris’ Gore and Groton, east by Topsham, south by a part of Corinth and Washington, and west by Barre. 

   First Settlers.  The first settlement was commenced by Ensign Joseph Williams in 1793 on the south line of the town. 

   First Minister.  The Rev. Enos Bliss was settled over the Congregational Church in 1799. 

   Distances.  Twelve miles south-east from Montpelier, and twelve north from Chelsea. 

(Gazetteer of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 95-96) 

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:

Orange Vital Records Office
Orange Town Clerk
P.O. Box 233
E. Barre, VT 05649
(802) 479-2673
M-F 8-12 & 1-4

  Child's History of the Town of Orange, 1762-1888 
 Orange History, by Elsie Beard




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