Name That Town...
How did Vermont towns get their names?
When the New Hampshire governor started the first town in Vermont, he named it after himself. Benning Wentworth called the town Bennington!
Many Vermont settlers came from Connecticut or Massachusetts. Sometimes they named their new towns after the places they used to live.
For example, New Haven was named after New Haven, Connecticut. And Salisbury was named after Salisbury, Connecticut. Guess what the town in the middle was called? Middlebury!
Look at this list of Vermont towns named after towns in Connecticut or Massachusetts. See how many you can find on this map.
Follow the links below to explore related topics.
Learn about some Vermont town names from a Vermont Public Radio series
Complete this crossword puzzle about Vermont place names
Teachers & Parents: Explore more with the Becoming a State Lesson Plan
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Vermont Historical Society. "Name That Town...." Vermont History Explorer. Accessed May 29, 2023. https://vermonthistoryexplorer.org/name-that-town