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About Proctor, Vermont

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Rutland County
Chartered: November 18, 1886 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Area: 4,828 Acres = 7.54 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 247* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 39' W 73°02'
Altitude: 500 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,741 [ Population Rank: 90* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 230.9 [ Density Rank: 14* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

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

Proctor is self-styled as "The Marble Capital of the United States," and rightly so. In fact, marble brought the town into being. After marble was discovered in the area, many companies tried quarrying. Most met with very little success, partly because they lacked knowledge and skill, partly because transportation was difficult, and partly because the quarrymen lacked adequate capital.

After buying out several marble quarries and firms, a group of businessmen formed the Vermont Marble Company in 1880. The president of the new company was Redfield Proctor (1831-1908): Colonel of the 15th Vermont Regiment in the Civil War and Governor of Vermont from 1878 to 1880. Later, Secretary of War under President Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) and US Senator from Vermont for the last seventeen years of his life.

Redfield was descended from Captain Leonard Proctor, who settled in Cavendish in 1780, and for whom the village of Proctorsville is named (which see, for Vermont's variation on the Hatfields and McCoys).

The Redfield Proctors made their home in Sutherland Falls, a village which was half in Rutland and half in Pittsford. In 1882 the name of the village was changed to Proctor, in Redfield's honor. In 1886 the town of Proctor was created around the village by taking about 2,000 acres from each of the two towns.

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

Proctor Historical Society

Vermont Marble Exhibit
A visitor's center tells the story of marble, and how Proctor was the largest producer in the US. Open seasonally. Admission. Proctor village.

Wilson Castle
A 32-room castle on a 115-acre estate includes a collection of Oriental and European furniture and decorative art. Open seasonally. Admission. On Hollow Road, south of Proctor village. Easily accessible from Business Route 4 west of Rutland. 802-773-3284.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Celia Lisananti 45 Main St Proctor, VT 05765
 M-F 8-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Roman Catholic : St. Dominic


Rutland Central Supervisory Union 802-775-4342
Proctor Elementary School 802-459-2225
Proctor Junior and Senior High School 802-459-3353

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").

West Rutland Rutland Town


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
    Electric Vermont Marble Power Division 802-770-7444
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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    January 13, 2017