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About Benson, Vermont

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Rutland County
Chartered: May 5, 1780 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 29,031 Acres = 45.36 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 60* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 43' W 73°19'
Altitude: 420 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,056 [ Population Rank: 155* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 23.3 [ Density Rank: 178* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Benson's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Thompson's 1842 History of Vermont says Benson was named for a Revolutionary War officer very much admired by one of the grantees. Hemenway's 1877 Gazetteer of Rutland County says it was after Egbert Benson, one of the New York commissioners who negotiated the settlement of New York's land claim to Vermont (the US Congress had made such a settlement a prerequisite for Vermont joining the Union).

The stories are probably two aspects of one: Egbert Benson was one of New York's most dedicated Revolutionary patriots: he was a well-known lawyer, later a judge, whose legal learning was considered second only to Alexander Hamilton; he founded the New York Historical Society. It is entirely possible that many of the grantees knew him during the War.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Benson
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Benson Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Daphne Bartholomew PO Box 163 Benson, VT 05731
 M T Th F 9-3, W 3-7

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Addison Rutland Supervisory Union 802-265-4905
Benson Village School 802-537-2491

Neighboring Towns

This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Orwell Sudbury
Lake Champlain Hubbardton
West Haven Fair Haven Castleton


Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Shoreham Telephone 802-897-9911

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