A county in the W. part of Vermont, has an area of about 750 square miles. It is bounded on the W. by Lake Champlain, and is drained principally by Otter creek and its tributaries, which afford most valuable water-power. The surface is level or slightly undulating near the lake, but in the E. part rough and mountainous, and more adapted to grazing. The soil is fertile, particularly along the lake shore. Indian corn, wool, oats, and potatoes are the staples. There were raised in 1850, 318,421 bushels of potatoes; 175,478 of corn; 211,385 of oats; 103,434 of wheat; 88,793 tons of hay; 876,771 pounds of butter; 817,149 of cheese; 625,594 of wool; and 205,263 of maple sugar. The county contains 1 cotton and 5 woollen factories, 7 forges, 1 paper mill, 433 saw-mills, besides various other establishments. There are in this county quarries of white and variegated marble, which are largely worked. Lake Champlain is navigable along its west border, and sloops can ascend Otter creek 7 miles to Vergennes. The railroad connecting Bellows Falls with Burlington passes through this county. Organized in 1787, and named in honor of Joseph Addison, the celebrated English writer. Capital, Middlebury. Population, 26,549.

(1854 U.S. Gazetteer)

  Middlebury is the chief town.  This county is bounded on the north by Chittenden County, east by Washington and Orange Counties, and a part of Windsor County, south by Rutland County, and west by Lake Champlain.

  Large quantities of white and beautifully variegated marble, which receives a find polish, are found in this county, and large quantities of it are quarried and transported to various markets.  This county is admirably well watered by Otter Creek, which rises near its southern boundary, and extends nearly through its center; by Mad and White Rivers; and by Lake Champlain, which affords it many navigable privileges.  The soil is good, particularly in those towns below the mountains, and bordering the lake and rivers.  The scenery on the western borders of this county, lying, as it does, on Lake Champlain, is exceedingly variegated and beautiful.
 

(Gazetteer of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849 p. 19)


Addison
Leicester
Ripton
Bridport
Lincoln
Salisbury
Bristol
Middlebury
Shoreham
Cornwall
Monkton
Starksboro
Ferrisburg
New Haven
Vergennes
Goshen
Orwell
Waltham
Granville
Panton
Weybridge
Hancock
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Whiting

 


 

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1790 Addison County Census