In presenting to the public the "Gazetteer and Business Directory
of Washington County," we desire to return our sincere thanks to all
who have kindly aided in obtaining the information it contains, and thus
rendered it possible to present it in the brief space of time in which
it is essential such work should be completed. Especially are our thanks
due to the editors and managers of the local papers for the uniform kindness
they have evinced in calling public attention to our efforts, and for essential
aid in furnishing material for the work. We have also found valuable aid
in the writings of the various authors in Miss Hemenway's "Historical
Magazine"; "Thompson's Vermont"; "Deming's Vermont Officers";
Hall's "Early History of Vermont"; the "Documentary History of
New York"; in the reports of the Adjutant-General and State School
Superintendent; F. W. Beers & Co's "Atlas of Washington County";
and also the geological reports of Hitchcock & Hagar. Our thanks are
also due to the clergy throughout the county, and to Hon. E. P. Walton,
Charles H. Heath, Esq., C. De T. Bancroft, and Hon. William A. Huse, of
Montpelier; Mr. J. K. Egerton, of Northfield; Hon. William Chapin, of Middlesex,
and to many others throughout the county, who have rendered valuable aid.
That errors have occurred in so great a number of names, dates,
and statements, is probable, and that names have been omitted which should
have been inserted, is quite certain. We can only say that we have exercised
more than ordinary diligence and care in this difficult and complicated
feature of book-making. Of such as feel aggrieved in consequence of errors
or omissions, we beg pardon, and ask the indulgence of the reader in noting
such as have been observed in the subsequent reading of the proofs, and
which are found corrected in the Errata at the close of this volume.
It was designed to give a brief account of all the churches and
other societies in the county, but owing in some cases to the negligence
of those who were able to give the necessary information, and in others
to the inability of any one to do so, we have been obliged to omit special
notices of a few.
We would suggest that our patrons observe and become familiar with
the explanations at the commencement of the directory, on page 3, part
2d. The names it embraces, and the information connected therewith, were
obtained by actual canvass, and are as correct and reliable as the judgment
of those from whom they were solicited renders possible. Each agent is
furnished with a map of the town he is expected to canvass, and he is required
to pass over every road and call at every dwelling and place of business
in the town in order to obtain the facts from the individuals concerned
The margins have been left broad to enable any one to note changes
opposite the names.
The map inside the back cover will be found, in connection with
the directory, valuable.
As the, hole county is in north latitude, and longitude is reckoned
east from Washington, the words north and east are omitted when giving
the latitude and longitude of the various towns.
We take this occasion to express the hope that the information found
in the book will not prove devoid of interest and value, though we are
fully conscious that the brief description of the county the scope of the
work enables us to give, is by no means an exhaustive one, and can only
hope that it may prove an aid to future historians, who will be better
able to do full justice to the subject.
While thanking our patrons and friends generally, for the cordiality
with, which our efforts have been seconded, we leave the work to secure
that favor which earnest endeavor ever wins from a discriminating public,
hoping they will bear in mind, should errors be noted, that "he who expects
a perfect work to see, expects what ne'er was, is, nor yet shall be."
Of Washington County, Vt. 1783-1899,
and Published by Hamilton Child,
By William Adams.
Journal Company, Printers and Binders.
N. Y.; April, 1889.
by Karima Allison, 2003.