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About Hartland, Vermont

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Windsor County
Chartered: July 10, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 28,977 Acres = 45.28 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 62* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 32' W 72°24'
Altitude: 587 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 3,393 [ Population Rank: 51* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 74.9 [ Density Rank: 62* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

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

Originally named Hertford; a confirming Patent was issued by New York in 1766 under the same name.

It wasn't until 1782 that the Vermont Legislature changed the named to Hartland, because, as it was noted, Hertford and Hartford being adjoining, it was "difficult for strangers to distinguish which of said towns might be meant . . . and many other inconveniences do attend the having two towns so near of one name in the state." Did that fix the problem? Not quite. Many still find the similarity of names confusing.

Nor was it the only names confusion in town. When it wasn't being called Sumner (after a prominent resident) Hartland Village has often been referred to as Hartland Three Corners, to distinquish it from Hartland Four Corners. Hartland Four Corners, in turn, for a time was known by the postal and railroad name of Evarts, after a prominent local family.

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

Hartland Historical Society

Hartland Public Library
Full service facility including public Internet access, Fax, Copier, Notary Public, Tax Forms, and more. Open Tue & Fri 10 am-9 pm; Wed 5 pm-8 pm; Sat 10 am - 3 pm. Phone & Fax - 802-436-2473 Linda Williamson, Director

Covered Bridges (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Martins Mill      Willard     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Windsor County.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Mount Ascutney Hospital & Health Center (Windsor) 802-674-6711
Town Clerk:  Clyde Jenne PO Box 349 Hartland, VT 05048
 M-F 7-5

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Unitarian Universalist : (Hartland Four Corners) 802-436-2592
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union 802-674-2144
Hartland Elementary School 802-436-2255

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").

Woodstock New Hampshire
West Windsor Windsor


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
    Telephone Vermont Telephone Company 800-279-4049

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