Lemington lies in the northeastern part of the county, in lat. 44º 53' and long. 5º 22', and is bounded north by Canaan, east by the Connecticut river, south by Bloomfield, and west by Averill.   It was surveyed by Eben W. Judd in 1786, and contained by measurement 23,040 acres; and about 600 acres have since been annexed from Canaan, making the present area nearly 24,000 acres.  Its charter was granted by Governor Benning Wentworth, of New Hampshire, in 1762, to Samuel Averill and sixty-three others. 

       With the exception of the intervals on the Connecticut river the surface of the town is generally rough and rocky. The highest point of land is the Monadnock mountain of Vermont, which attains an altitude of about 3,000 feet. From its summit a magnificent prospect may be obtained. Several streams flow east and empty into the Connecticut. 

       In 1880, Lemington had a population of 222.  In 1886 it had four school districts and three common schools, employing one male and four female teachers, to whom was paid an average weekly salary, including board, of $3.50 and $4.00 respectively. There were ninety-four scholars, two of whom attended private schools. The total income for school purposes was $276.90, while the entire expenditures were $343.47, with G. Blodgett, superintendent. 

       Lemington (p. o.) is located in the eastern part of the town.  Mills De Forest, the first permanent settler of the town, moved here from Huntington, Conn., about 1781.  He built the first framed house in the town, in 1790, the first saw-mill in 1795, and the first grist-mill, in 1810.  He was the first town clerk, and held the office of representative several terms. He died in 1844, aged seventy-nine years. 

       Although the settlement of the town was begun at this early date, it increased but slowly, for in 1791, ten years thereafter, the population consisted of only thirty-one souls. Among the early settlers was Lewis Smerrage, who came here from Connecticut in 1787.  He died here February 16, 1856, aged sixty-six years. John Hugh located here the year previous, 1786, from Maidstone, though he remained but a few years. The subsequent growth of the town may be seen by reference to the census table on another page. 
 
 

(Source: Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties, VT.; 1764-1887, Compiled and Published by Hamilton Child; May 1887, Page 457-458)

This excerpt was provided by Tom Dunn.