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About Mendon, Vermont

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Rutland County
Chartered: February 23, 1761 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 24,325 Acres = 38.01 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 162* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 39' W 72°56'
Altitude: 1,020 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,059 [ Population Rank: 156* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 27.9 [ Density Rank: 152* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

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

Originally chartered as Medway, changed to Mendon in 1827. Many of the grantees and later settlers came from the neighboring towns of Medway and Mendon in Massachusetts, it is presumed that both names derived form those older towns.

Despite the apparent coincidence, the transition from one to the other is neither direct nor straightforward. In 1796, a charter was issued to Jonathan Parker of Clarendon for a 3,000 acre tract adjacent to Medway, to be called Parkers Gore. Then, in 1804, a classic piece of skulduggery: when some of the land in the Gore and Medway came up for a tax sale, Parker "made it worthwhile" to the sheriff to start the sale at midnight on the appointed day. Since Parker was the only bidder present, he bought the land for a purely nominal sum; when the incident became known, the sheriff had to leave the state. The combined Parkers Gore and Medway became Parkerstown that year, and remained so until 1827, when the Legislature changed it to Mendon.

Mendon was the home of Edward Hastings Ripley, the general in command of the Union occupation of Richmond during the Civil War. The town's Civil War record is nothing short of amazing: fully half of the legal voters were in the service.

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

Mendon Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Marie Conway 2282 US Rte 4 Mendon, VT 05701
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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").

Rutland Town Killington
Clarendon Shrewsbury Plymouth


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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