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About Poultney, Vermont

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Rutland County
Chartered: September 21, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 28,570 Acres = 44.64 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 70* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 31' W 73°14'
Altitude: 430 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 3,432 [ Population Rank: 43* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 76.9 [ Density Rank: 51* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Poultney'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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It seems certain that Benning Wentworth chose the name to honor one of England's richest and most powerful families.

William Pulteney, or Poultney, was the first Earl of Bath. He had been educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and was considered a brilliant scholar and eloquent orator. A member of Parliament by the age of twenty, he served there for more than 50 years. For a time he was secretary of war and one of Sir Robert Walpole's most determined opponents. Walpole once said he feared Pulteney's tongue more than another man's sword.

The area comprising present-day Wells and Poultney had been patented by New York as St. Catherine's (throughout the world, many a homesick Englishman has named a point of land St. Catherine's: for most colonials coming to the New World from England, the last sight they had of home was St. Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight). All that remains of the New York patent is the name: Lake St. Catherine, a popular summer camp and state park area in the southwest corner of the town and its companion St. Catherine Mountain.

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

Lake St. Catherine State Park

Poultney Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Patricia McCoy 9 Main St Poultney, VT 05764
 M-F 8:30-12:30 and 1:30-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

American Baptist : United Baptist Church of Poultney 802-287-5811
Episcopal : St. John 802-287-9631
Roman Catholic : St. Raphael
United Methodist : Poultney UMC 802-287-5710


Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union 802-287-5286
Poultney Elementary School 802-287-5212
Poultney High School 802-287-5861

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 Castleton
Poultney Ira
New York
Wells Middletown Springs

Places To Stay

The Bentley House
A Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn in historic Poultney Village.


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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    January 13, 2017