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19th Century Marble Mansion on the Green
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About Fair Haven, Vermont

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Rutland County
Chartered: October 27, 1779 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 11,659 Acres = 18.22 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 232* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 36' W 73°16'
Altitude: 400 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,734 [ Population Rank: 58* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 150.1 [ Density Rank: 24* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Fair Haven's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Fair Haven is in the upper southwest of Vermont at the junction of US Routes 4 and 22A, the first town through which many will pass when entering Vermont from New York. Prior to the mid-seventies, one necessarily passed through the principal village of Fair Haven; with the construction of an interstate-style Route 4 from the state line to Rutland (a story in itself), the Village is unfortunately bypassed more often than not. Some of the most impressive Victorian architecture in Vermont, including several marble-sheathed mansions can be seen here.

Beginning in 1783, Matthew Lyon, the Irish-born principal grantee of the town, built grist, saw and paper mills at the falls, and a forge not far away. He owned the town's first store, inn and newspaper. He represented Vermont in Congress, but managed to get himself jailed under the Sedition Laws. He later represented both Kentucky and Arkansas in the Legislature.

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

Fair Haven Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Suzanne Dechame 3 North Park Place Fair Haven, VT 05743
 802 -265-3610
 M T Th 8-4; W 8-7; F 8-12

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Congregational : First Congregational Church 802-265-8605
Roman Catholic : Our Lady of Seven Dolors
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Fair Haven UMC 802-265-3688


Addison Rutland Supervisory Union 802-265-4905
Fair Haven Grade School 802-265-3883
Fair Haven Union High School 802-265-4966

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").

Fair Haven
West Haven Castleton
New York New York Poultney


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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