Date of Grant or Charter ~ 12 October 1761

Other Towns, Villages, Hamlets: 
Browns Mill, Bullthroat & Stevens 
 


   Maidstone lies in the eastern part of the county, in lat. 44º 30í and long. 5º 19', and is bounded northeast by Brunswick, east by the Connecticut river, southwest by Guildhall and Granby, and west by Ferdinand.  It was chartered by Governor Wentworth, of New Hampshire, October 12, 1761.

    The interval lands along the Connecticut river are among the best, and probably no town in the state has more valuable bottom lands than Maidstone. The uplands are mountainous and rocky, and not well adapted to purposes of cultivation. The town is well watered. West pond, in the northwest corner, and Maidstone lake, a beautiful sheet of water in the western part, three miles in length and one in width, afford an ample supply for milling purposes. Being well stocked with fish, these bodies of water are destined to become a favorite resort for pleasure seekers. 

    In 1880,  Maidstone had a population of 286. In 1886 the town had four school districts and four common schools, employing one male and eight female teachers, who received an average weekly salary, including board of $3.13 and $6.23, respectively. There were sixty scholars attending school. The entire income for school purposes was $522.56, while the whole, amount expended was $534.76, with Jennie K. Stanley, superintendent. 

    Maidstone has no village, no postoffice, no store, tavern, lawyer, minister nor doctor.   It depends upon its neighboring towns for all these facilities.  It is simply a quiet, peaceable and healthful agricultural community. 

    The settlement of Maidstone was probably commenced in 1772, but its population has increased but slowly.  In 1791 it had 125 souls, nearly half what it contains today.  The early settlement was attended with great difficulties. The nearest place where provisions could be had, grain ground or a horse shod was at Haverhill, N. H., fifty miles down the river. If the freight could not be brought on horseback, the journey must be made on the river, as the best road was a bridle path marked by blazed trees. The first settlers were Arthur and Thomas Wooster, who received from the proprietorís one hundred acres of land each. 

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

 


       The town clerk maintains birth, death and marriage vital statistics and many other records of value in researching your ancestors. You can contact the Clerk's office at: 

Maidstone Town Clerk
P.O Box 118
Guildhall, VT  05905
Phone: (802) 676-3210
Fax: (802) 676-3210 
maidstone@tax.state.vt.us 

 

 


 

 

 

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