is the chief town. This county is bounded north by Canada, east and
south by Connecticut River, which separates it from Coos County, New Hampshire,
south-west by Caledonaia County, and west by Orleans County. It is
about forty-five miles long from north to south, and twenty-three broad
from east to west.
county is the least populous in the State, with the exception of Grand
Isle County. There are some towns which are entirely destitute of
inhabitants. The settlements are mostly confined to the towns lying
along Connecticut River. The county is in general very uneven and
the soil rock and unproductive. It comprehends that part of the county
called Upper Coos, which lies on the west side of Connecticut River.
Nulhegan River is the principal stream, which is wholly within the county.
This and several smaller tributaries, of the Connecticut, water all of
the eastern parts. Passumpsic and Moose River, rise in the south-western
part, and Clyde River and several streams, which run off to the north into
Canada, water the north-western parts. Essex County presents a great
variety of magnificent scenery.
of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 58)
County VTGenWeb Site
of Caledonia and Essex, Counties, VT., 1764-1887.
and Published by Hamilton Child
1887, Pages 5-124.
sketches from the Vermont Legislative
Biennial Session, 1902