Poultney, Rutland County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History

Poultney was chartered by Benning Wentworth on September 21, 1761, and contained an area of 23,040 acres. The origin of the name Poultney is not known, though it has been suggested that it was derived from an English lord of that name, who was a friend of Benning Wentworth. The town was organized on the 8th of March, 1775.

Welsh immigrants came to Poultney because of its rich slate deposits. The first quarry in Poultney was the famed Eureka Quarry established in 1852 by Daniel Hooker. The initial applications of slate products were school slates for writing and slate pencils.

A central landmark in Poultney village is Green Mountain College, a four-year liberal arts college. Its history can be traced back to 1834.[1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

A History of the Town of Poultney, Vermont: From Its Settlement to the Year 1875, with Family and Biographical Sketches and Incidents, Joseph Joslin , Barnes Frisbie , and Frederick Ruggles, Poultney, Journal Printing Office, 1875. Available online.

Historical Photos

Vital Records

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records

The probate district for Poultney is Fair Haven.
Fair Haven Probate Court
3 North Park Place
Fair Haven, VT 05743
(802) 265-3380

City Directories

FamilySearch Catalog


1854 Rutland County, Poultney map


The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Fair Haven. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link.


1. Poultney Methodist Church
Main St
Poultney, VT 05764
Phone: (802) 287-5710

2. St. Raphaels Catholic Church
21 E Main St
Poultney, VT 05764
Phone: (802) 287-5703

Town Records

Poultney Town Clerk
9 Main St
Poultney, VT 05764‎
Phone: (802) 287-5761
Website: Poultney Town Clerk


Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Poultney Public Library
205 Main St.
Poultney, VT 05764
Phone: (802) 287-5556
Email: ppl5556@yahoo.com
Website: Poultney Public Library

Poultney Historical Society
PO Box 605
Poultney, VT 05741
Phone: (802) 287-5252
Website: Poultney Historical Society


  1. Poultney settlers pioneered industry, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Mar. 30, 2006.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886

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