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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Chittenden Gotoarrow.png Shelburne

Brief History

Shelburne was chartered on August 18, 1763.  Early settlers were required to perform several duties in exchange for their lots of 200-300 acres, such as cultivating a certain minimum number of acres and reserving all worthwhile pine trees for use by the Royal Navy as masts. The first settlers actually arrived in 1768, and began cutting lumber for shipment to Canada. [1] [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Shelburne is Chittenden.
Chittenden District Probate Court
175 Main St.
PO Box 511
Burlington VT 05402
Phone: (802) 651-1518

Military Records

Shelburne, Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records, 1863-1864, are available on FamilySearch.

City Directories


1869 map of Richmond


The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Shelburne. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Chittenden County, website at this link.  

  • Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary  Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Richmond Village Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Riverview Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Mary Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.


Town Records.

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1795-2000, can be found on FamilySearch and records from 1989-2006, can also be found on Family Search (browse only images).

Shelburne, Vermont Land Records, 1851-1904, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Shelburne Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds, 1795-1851and Cemetery deeds, 1871-1977.

Shelburne Town Offices
5420 Shelburne Rd.
P.O. Box 88
Shelburne, VT 05482
Phone: (802) 985-5110


Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

Pierson Library
5376 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482
Phone: (802) 985-5124


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