Date of Grant or Charter ~ 6 September 1781

Other Towns, Villages, Hamlets: 
Gallup Mills


   Victory lies in the western part of the southern half of the county, in lat. 44º 32', and long. 5º 5', bounded northwest by Burke, northeast by East Haven and Granby, southeast by Lunenburgh and Concord, and south and southwest by Concord and Kirby.  It was granted November 6, 1780, to Captain Ebenezer Fisk and sixty-four others, though the charter was not issued until September 6, 1781.  By the terms imposed by the charter deed, five rights, of 300 acres each, were to be reserved for public use, viz.: One right each towards the support of a college, grammar schools, common schools, the church and a minister.  This 1,500 acres was to be taken from the full township of 2 3,040 acres; but by an act of the legislature, passed in 1856, however, a tract of land lying between Victory and Concord, known as Bradleyvale (in Caledonia county), was divided. and a portion annexed to Victory, so that the town now has an area of 2,500 acres more than its original territory. 

   The surface of Victory, as compared with the surrounding mountainous territory, is level and unbroken, a large portion of the town being included within the valley of Moose river. But as the distance increases from the river, the land becomes more elevated, until it form's a portion of Burke mountain on the west, an elevation of some 3,000 feet; Mount Tug and Miles mountain on the east and southeast, and Kirby mountain on the southwest. There is also an elevation on the north, on the line between Victory and Granby, called Round Top. There is but one mountain proper, however, wholly within the limits of the town, Umpire mountain, an elevation of about 2,000 feet. The Moose river rises in East Haven, and runs in nearly a southerly direction through the town, affording several excellent mill privileges. There are also several other streams which empty into this river, as Alder brook, Umpire or Bog brooks, on the west, and Granby stream on the east, which are sufficiently large for manufacturing purposes. 

   The timber along the banks of the Moose river, and its tributaries, is mostly evergreen, consisting of pine, Tamarack, hemlock, spruce, fir and cedar, together with a small quantity of elm, maple and birch.  As the land becomes elevated there is a much larger proportion of the timber hard wood, consisting of birch, beech and sugar maple; and in some sections, especially in the western part of the town, there is a very large proportion of the latter, affording excellent sugar orchards, from which considerable quantities of sugar are manufactured. The soil is generally fertile, and will compare favorably with that of adjoining towns. It is well adapted to the growing of potatoes, and most kinds of English grains. 

   Two miles and a half from the southern boundary of the town, at the junction of the Bog brook with the Moose river, is a tract of land known as the bog.  It consists of some 3,000 acres of low marshy land, which is usually overflowed once a year, and frequently oftener. Near the mouth of the brook there is what is supposed to be a beaver meadows. It is said that it was once so soft that a man, by stepping upon it, could shake half an acre. It is now, however, so much hardened that carting can be done over the most of it with safety. 

   In 1880,  Victory had a population of 321. In 1886 the town had five school districts and five common schools, with ninety-four scholars, taught during the year by six female teachers, who received an average weekly salary, including board, of $5.10. The entire income for school purposes was $1,604.64, while the total amount expended was $718.35, with Mrs. S.M. Day, superintendent. 

   South Victory (p. o.) is a hamlet located in the southern part of the town. 

   Damon's Crossing (p. o.) is a station on the ?. & L. R. R., and contains three or four houses. 
 

(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: 

Victory Town Clerk
HCR 60 Bolt 511
North Concord, VT 05858.

 


 


 

 

 

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