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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Castleton'''''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Mendon'''''  
  
 
=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
  
Unlike so many other Vermont towns in the central and southern part of the state, New Hampshire Gov. Benning Wentworth did not charter this town. Instead, the Republic of Vermont issued the charter, making it the oldest Vermont chartered town in Rutland County. That historic date was Oct. 27, 1779.<br>  
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Several towns in Rutland County have undergone official name changes in their history, but Mendon holds a record; three names. Vermont chartered Medway on Feb. 23, 1781. In an unrelated move, Jonathan Parker purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land in 1796 known today as Parkers Gore. Medway and Parkers Gore merged in 1804, and Medway became Parkertown after the largest landowner. This also explains that irregular property boundary of the town located in the southeast corner. Parker's influence remained with the town for until 1827 when the state renamed the town one last time to Mendon.&nbsp; <ref>Mendon holds Vermont record for changing its name, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Nov. 3, 2006.</ref><ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref>  
  
The origin of the name Fair Haven remains a mystery. Since some of the original grantees hailed from Massachusetts, where a Fair Haven exists, that is one possible theory. Another makes more sense — that the beauty of the region was synonymous with the word "fair," and therefore Fair Haven. Up until 1861, the town was written as one word, just as it occurred in the charter. For some unknown reason after 1861, it switched to the two-word format used today.
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=== Historical Data  ===
  
At its formation, Fair Haven included the presented community of West Haven within its boundaries. The Legislature split Fair Haven in 1792, but regarding membership in the Vermont House, it would "be but one town with respect to representation." This policy lasted until 1823.<br>
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=== Town Histories  ===
  
Like so many other Rutland County communities, Fair Haven can trace much of its wealth to stone — specifically slate. Part of Vermont's slate belt runs through the town and it has been successfully quarried since 1839. Alonson Allen and Caleb Ranney excavated the first slate on Scotch Hill north of town.<br>  
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The history of Mendon, Vermont: Commemorating the Bicentennial of America 1776-1976 and Vermont 1727-1977 anticipating the Bicentennial of Mendon 1781-1981<br>by Mary Ruth, 1977. &nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-mendon-vermont-commemorating-the-bicentennial-of-america-1776-1976-and-vermont-1727-1977-anticipating-the-bicentennial-of-mendon-1781-1981/oclc/004597020 Find a library] where book is held.&nbsp; &nbsp;
 
 
By the late 19th century, 21 slate companies operated in Fair Haven. Six firms still run today.<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">.</span>
 
 
 
Between 1903 and 1924, a trolley connected Fair Haven and Rutland. It proved so successful that in 1910, the trolley company extended the line to Poultney.
 
 
 
Though slate proved a major industry, the United Shirt and Collar Co. served as a mainstay in the town for almost 50 years. Started in 1900, the firm, located along the Castleton River, produced Lion Brand Shirts and employed as many as 600 workers.<br>
 
 
 
Downtown Fair Haven remains an architectural jewel. A number of fires have destroyed portion of the business district, but it still retains much of its character of the 19th and 20th centuries.<sup><ref>Fair Haven: Big wheels keep on turning in Fair Haven, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Mar. 18, 2006.</ref><ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886</ref></sup><br>
 
 
 
=== Historical Data<br>  ===
 
 
 
=== Town Histories<br>  ===
 
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=47 online].&nbsp;
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FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=47 online].  
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
The probate district for Fair Haven is Fair Haven, while the court district is Rutland.  
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The probate district for Mendon is Rutland.<br>Rutland Probate Court <br>83 Center Street <br>Rutland, VT 05701 <br>(802) 775-0114
  
=== City Directories<br> ===
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=== City Directories  ===
  
[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Vermont%2C%20Rutland%2C%20Fair%20Haven%22 FamilySearch Library Catalog]<br>
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=== Maps  ===
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Castleton. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].&nbsp;<br>
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Mendon. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].  
  
*Carvers Falss Cemetery  
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*Eggelston Cemetery  
*Cedar Grove Cemetery  
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*Lydias-Wheelerville Road Cemetery  
*Old Fair Haven Cemetery  
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*Mountain Cemetery  
*Old North Half Cemetery  
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*Rice Cemetery  
*Our Lady of Seven Dollors Cemtery
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*Tenney Cemetery
*Saint Marys Cemetery<br>
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*Wilkins Cemetery
  
 
=== Churches  ===
 
=== Churches  ===
  
1. First Congregational Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 2 N Park Pl<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Fair Haven, Vermont&nbsp;05743<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; (802) 265-8864
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1.&nbsp;Mendon Community United Methodist Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 2600 Route 4 East<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Rutland, VT 05765<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 459-2070 <br>  
 
 
2. First Baptist Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 32 West St,<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Fair Haven, Vermont&nbsp;05743<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; (802) 265-8879
 
 
 
3. United Church of Benson<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 2793 Stage Rd<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Fair Haven, Vermont&nbsp;05743<br> &nbsp; &nbsp; (802) 537-2455
 
 
 
4. Our Lady-Seven Dolors Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 10 Washington St<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Fair Haven, Vermont&nbsp;05743<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; (802) 265-3135<br>  
 
  
 
=== Town Records  ===
 
=== Town Records  ===
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1987653 link].  
 
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1987653 link].  
  
The Family History Library has [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Vermont%2C%20Rutland%2C%20Fair%20Haven%22 microfilm of&nbsp;original records] in the Fair Haven Town Hall for the years 1767-1861.
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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mendon Town Clerks Office. These include&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/178056 Town records, 1806-1851], and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1045327 Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995]  
  
Town of Fair Haven<br>3 North Park Place<br>Fair Haven, Vermont<br> (802) 265-3010 <br> [http://fairhavenvt.org/ Fair Haven Town website]
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Mendon Town Clerk<br>157 Park Ln<br>Mendon, VT 05701<br>Phone: (802) 775-1662<br> E-mail:&nbsp;mendonvt@sover.net
  
 
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=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
  
Fair Haven Public Library<br>107 North Main St.<br>Fair Haven, VT 05743<br> (802) 4265-8011<br>
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=== References  ===
 
 
[http://www.fairhavenvt.org/?page_id=855 Fair Haven Historical Society Website]<br>
 
 
 
=== References<br> ===
 
  
 
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Revision as of 22:21, 3 July 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Rutland Gotoarrow.png Mendon

Brief History

Several towns in Rutland County have undergone official name changes in their history, but Mendon holds a record; three names. Vermont chartered Medway on Feb. 23, 1781. In an unrelated move, Jonathan Parker purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land in 1796 known today as Parkers Gore. Medway and Parkers Gore merged in 1804, and Medway became Parkertown after the largest landowner. This also explains that irregular property boundary of the town located in the southeast corner. Parker's influence remained with the town for until 1827 when the state renamed the town one last time to Mendon.  [1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

The history of Mendon, Vermont: Commemorating the Bicentennial of America 1776-1976 and Vermont 1727-1977 anticipating the Bicentennial of Mendon 1781-1981
by Mary Ruth, 1977.  Find a library where book is held.   

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Mendon is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories

Maps

Cemeteries

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

  • Eggelston Cemetery
  • Lydias-Wheelerville Road Cemetery
  • Mountain Cemetery
  • Rice Cemetery
  • Tenney Cemetery
  • Wilkins Cemetery

Churches

1. Mendon Community United Methodist Church
    2600 Route 4 East
    Rutland, VT 05765
    Phone: (802) 459-2070

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mendon Town Clerks Office. These include Town records, 1806-1851, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995

Mendon Town Clerk
157 Park Ln
Mendon, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-1662
E-mail: mendonvt@sover.net

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

References

  1. Mendon holds Vermont record for changing its name, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Nov. 3, 2006.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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