Formed in 1781 VT. 
Villages & Communities Within: 
Chelsea, Chelsea West Hill, Kennedy Corners

  This is the shire town of the county, and is a township of good land, with a pleasant village in the centre.  It is watered by the head branches of White River and has a good hydraulic power.  Chelsea produces all the various commodities common to the climate, and is a beautiful place of residence.  The Chelsea Academy was incorporated in 1848. 

  Boundaries.  North by Washington and Williamstown, east by Vershire, south by Tunbridge, and west by Brookfield. 

   First Settlers.  This town was formerly called Turnersburg.  Improvements were commenced in this township in the spring of 1784, by Thomas and Samuel Moore, and Asa Bond, who , the next spring, brought in their families from Winchester, N.H.  They were soon joined by others from different quarters, who settled in different parts of the town.  Those who first came in brought all their furniture and provisions on their backs from Tunbridge, nine miles distant, where were their nearest neighbors.  The first house in town was erected in the present burying ground by Thomas Moore, and was burned to the ground with all its contents, in September, 1785, but four or five months after his family had entered it.  The first child born in town was Thomas Porter Moore, son of Thomas Moore, born Oct. 16, 1785. 

  First Ministers.  A  Congregational Church was early organized here, over which Rev. Lathrop Thompson was settled in November, 1799.  He was dismissed in April, 1805, and Rev. Calvin Noble was ordained over the church in September, 1807, and continued in its charge till his death in April, 1834. 

  Distances.  Twenty miles south by east from Montpelier, and from this town to Northfield, through which the great Northern Railroad passes, is about thirteen miles. 

(Gazetteer of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 46 )

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:

Chelsea Vital Records Office
Chelsea Town Clerk
P.O. Box 266
Chelsea, VT 05038
(802) 685-4460
M-Th 8-12 & 1-4

  Child's History of the Town of Chelsea, 1762-1888 
  Chelsea and District Historical Society 
  Chelsea Public Library 





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