Readsboro, Bennington County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History

Readsboro does not appear to have been settled under any township charter rights. The first grant of any part of the town was by the governor of New Hampshire in 1764  to Major Robert Rogers.  This charter was voided for noncompliance with the charter conditions.    It appears that the first settlement occurred in 1779.  The first town meeting is supposed to have been held in 1786. [1]

Due to a fire in 1793, early Town records were destroyed and are no longer available.

Historical Data

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer is a 5 volume set of historical information by Abby Maria Hemenway with Volume I published in 1867 and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death. Also available online in PDF format at this link.

Town Histories

Down through the years at Readsboro, Vermont, 1786-1936, Frank Seth Ross, McClelland Press, 1936. 

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Readsboro is Bennington.
Bennington Probate Division
207 South St.
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 447-2705

City Directories


1856 Map of Readsboro


The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Readsboro. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Bennington County, website at this link.

  • Crosier Cemetery (aka Farrington Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Heartwellville Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Readsboro Village Cemetery - insriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • South Hill Cemetery (aka South Readsboro Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.


1. First Baptist Readsboro
    7030 Main St
    Readsboro, VT 05350
    Phone: (802) 423-7530

2. St Joachims Catholic Church
    36 Tunnel St
    Readsboro, VT 05350
    Phone: (802) 423-5533

Town Records

Digital images of Readsboro Town records 1732-2005  are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Readsboro Town Clerks Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1883-1994; indexes to births, deaths, marriages, 1785-1934, Land records, 1793-1854; general index to land records, 1793- 1945, and Vermont, Bennington County, Readsboro, deed records, 1855-1901.

Readsboro Town Clerk
301 Phelps Lane / P. O. Box 187
Readsboro, VT 05350
Phone: (802) 423-5405


Bennington Banner Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies

Readsboro Community Library
301 Phelps Lane
Readsboro, VT 05350
Phone: (802) 423-5460

Readsboro Historical Society
Betty Bolognani, President
Phone: (802) 423-5432


  1. History of the Town of Readsboro, Faxon L. Bowen,

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