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Wilder School
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About Wilder, Vermont

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Village in the town of Hartford, Windsor County

Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 72° 18' W 43°40'
Census Info: County  State

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In 1807 Miles Olcott, who already had a grist mill and sawmill at Olcott village, was granted the right to build a dam, canal and locks to assist boats in navigating the Connecticut River. After the railroad came through the area in 1850, the canal was used less and less, and in 1880 the Wilder brothers of Boston acquired the water rights at the village of Olcott and built a large paper mill. One of the brothers, Charles T. Wilder, lived in the village and was particularly interested in its growth. When he died, his will stated that, if the village would change its name to Wilder, his estate would pay for a much-needed bridge over the Connecticut River. At an 1898 town meeting the vote was unanimously in favor of the change, and that year the postal name also was changed to Wilder. Mr. Wilder's bridge stood until the 1950's, when it was removed to make way for the Wilder Dam.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission


Goings-on in and near Wilder
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Hanover, NH) 603-650-5000
Hartford Town Clerk:  Mary (Beth) Hill 171 Bridge Street White River Jct., VT 05001
 M-F 8-5

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Assemblies of God : Upper Valley AG 802-295-6207


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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    October 28, 2015