is the chief town. This county is nearly in the centre of the State,
and the principal part of it lies between the two ranges of the Green Mountains.
It is bounded north by Lamoille and parts of Chittenden and Caledonia Counties,
east by Caledonia County, south by Orange and Addison Counties, and west
by Addison and Chittenden Counties. It was incorporated in 1810,
by the name of Jefferson, and took its present name in 1814.
county is finely watered by its chief river, the Winooski, or Onion, and
many of its important branches. These streams afford the county an
abundant water power, and manufacturing establishments increase and flourish
in this mountainous region.
surface of the county is uneven, hilly, and in some parts mountainous,
but there is much valuable land along the streams, which in many parts
are sluggish, and form large tracts of excellent intervale.
agricultural productions consist of neat cattle, horses, hogs, wool, and
of the productions of the dairy. There are large bodies of beautiful
granite in the county, and slate of various kinds.
of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 130)