is a sparsely settled township, lying in the extreme northern part of the
county. It has an area of about thirty-six square miles, and
is bounded on the northeast by Canaan, southeast by Lemington, southwest
by Lewis, and northwest by Norton. Its charter was granted June 23, 1762.
It is watered by a considerable branch of the Nulhegan river, several streams
which fall into the Connecticut, and some which pass off northerly into
Canada. It also has several ponds.
surface of the town is less hilly and broken than most towns in the county,
and the soil is said to be very good, being well adapted for growing grain
and hay, yet very little of the land has ever been cleared, though a large
amount of fine timber has been cut. A turnpike was built through the northern
part of the town, from Canaan to Norton Mills, many years ago, and a new
road from Wallace pond was built about two years since, which joins it
on the northwestern line. Upon these roads some half dozen families have
settled. Upon the northwestern shore of Great Averill pond is the steam
saw-mill of the Averill Lumber Company. This company consists of G.H. Fitzgerald
and E.C. Robinson, of Island Pond, who give employment to about fifty men
in the manufacture of rough lumber, lath and clapboards.
of Caledonia and Essex Counties, VT.; 1764-1887, Compiled and Published
by Hamilton Child; May 1887, Page 389)
was provided by Tom Dunn.