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East Braintree
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About Braintree, Vermont

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Orange County
Chartered: August 1, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 24,680 Acres = 38.56 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 152* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 58' W 72°45'
Altitude: 777 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,246 [ Population Rank: 133* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 32.3 [ Density Rank: 135* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Braintree's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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Undoubtedly named for the home town of many of the grantees: Braintree, Massachusetts, named in turn for Braintree, Essex, England.

The village of East Braintree was called Snowsville for a time, after Jeremiah Snow, who arrived in the town about 1812. Local tradition has it that he had been a sailor, but had experienced a religious conversion, gave up the sea and became a landsman and lay preacher. He was said never to accept money for preaching, dressing as a sailor while doing so because that's what he was wearing when he was converted.

Snow built a gristmill and sawmill at East Braintree; expecting the main stage line from Boston to Burlington would pass through the village, other businesses began to congregate around the mills and the village grew. The stage went elsewhere, and the village went into decline. Snow and his wife were penniless when they died in their eighties. There remains, however, evidence of the village's former name: the Snowsville General Store smack in the center of the village.

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 Braintree
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Braintree Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Gifford Medical Center (Randolph) 802-728-7000
Town Clerk:  Jessica Brassard 932 VT Rte 12A Braintree, VT 05060
 M T W 9-4; and by appt.

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Orange Southwest Supervisory Union 802-728-5052
Braintree Elementary School 802-728-9373

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").

Roxbury Brookfield
Granville Braintree


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).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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