History of Addison County
Iroquois settled in the county before European arrived in 1609. French settlers in Crown Point, New York extended their settlements across Lake Champlain. A few individuals or families came up the lake from Canada and established themselves at Chimney Point in 1730. In 1731, at Cross Point Fort Frederic was erected. In the year 1759, General Amherst occupied Cross Point and British settler's settlers came in. The Battle of Bennington in Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, brought a turning point for the American independence against British.
This county was established by act of the Legislature October 18, 1785 at the period of Vermont Republic. In 1791, Vermont joined the federal union after the original thirteen colonies. The main product of the county was wheat. In addition to wheat, farmers began to raise flocks on the field for manuring around 1820s.
The Champlain Canal was opened on 1823, so the ships could navigate from the Hudson river. In 1840, the county produced more wool than any other county in the United States.
When Vermont was admitted into the Union in 1791, in the major towns there were totally 9,267 people. In 1830, there were 26,503 people. In 2008, the federal government declared the county a disaster area after severe storms and flooding June 14-17. ~ from Wikipedia ~
Online book: Statistical and Historical Account of the County of Addison, Vermont, by Samuel Swift, Middlebury: A. H. Copeland, 1859.
Online book: History of Addison County, edited by H. P. Smith, D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886, online at the Middlebury College site.