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About Maidstone, Vermont

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Essex County
Chartered: October 12, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 20,560 Acres = 32.13 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 190* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 39' W 71°34'
Altitude: 893 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 208 [ Population Rank: 243* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 6.5 [ Density Rank: 242* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Maidstone's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Granted on the same day as adjoining Ferdinand to Samuel Averill of Connecticut and many of the same group that got the former town, including the members of the Lewis family for whom the town of Lewis was later named.

It is not known why Benning Wentworth named the town Maidstone; however, Maidstone, Kent, England, is in an area where many Connecticut settlers had their origins, so perhaps the name had some particular significance for the grantees.

Despite Hamilton Child's enthusiastic comment in his 1887 Gazetter that "probably no town in the state has more valuable bottom lands [for farming] than Maidstone," the town never attracted many residents. Its top population was reached with just under 300 at the time of the Civil War, and the number has declined ever since.

Although the permanent population is small, Maidstone Lake and State Forest attract many summer vacationers.

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

Maidstone State Park

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury) 802-748-8141
Town Clerk:  Susan Irwin PO Box 118 Guildhall, VT 05905
 802 676-3210
 M Th 9-3 and by appt.

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").

Ferdinand New Hampshire
Granby Guildhall


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 Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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