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=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
  
Mount Holly started life as a gore, specifically Jackson's Gore, named after one Abraham Jackson, who first settled the land in 1782. Located between Ludlow and Wallingford, the gore appeared rather unfriendly territory, but two different groups of settlers found the resources habitable and started clearing the forests.  
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Gov. Thomas Chittenden granted a charter to Pittsfield on June 29, 1781, but it took another 12 years before the town officially organized. The first settlers, Daniel and Joseph Bowe, arrived in 1786, raising a home near the southern border. At that first town meeting, residents permitted mill owner Charles Goodrich to name the town. He decided to call it after his previous residence, Pittsfield, Mass.<br>
  
By 1792, enough people had settled the gore that the Vermont Legislature incorporated the town under a new named - Mount Holly. There exists some debate about the origin of the name. One argument has the town being named after another Mount Holly, this one located in southern New Jersey. Quaker heritage linked the two communities. Numerous Quakers first settled Mount Holly, New Jersey; and a large percentage of the first residents of Jackson's Gore also belonged to the sect.  
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Pittsfield's economy thrived because of its two primary natural resources - water and lumber. Both the Tweed and White Rivers run through town. By 1840, water powered a gristmill, three sawmills, a tannery and one fulling mill. But timber proved to be Pittsfield's greatest asset. Starting in the 1860s until 1920, lumber fed the economy.  
  
The combination of dairy and harsh Mount Holly winters prompted farmers to adopt a style of architecture rarely found in western Vermont. Known as "continuous architecture," this featured a number of farm buildings interconnected with the farmhouse. The arrangement permitted farmers to travel indoors during the winter and not be exposed to the cold temperatures and snowy conditions so prevalent in the region.  
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Like so many other smaller Rutland County towns, Pittsfield's greatest population occurred in the 19th century. In 1840, 615 people lived in town. By 1950, the population had dropped to 225 and the 2010 Census counted 546 residents.<ref>Pittsfield: Logging boom built town's population, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Mar. 2, 2007.</ref><ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref>  
 
 
Dairying served as a mainstay in town as the forests became depleted. In 1881, farmers around Healdville formed a cooperative cheese factory and placed Alfred Crowley in charge of the operation. Crowley Cheese remains the "oldest, continuously operated, cooperative cheese factory" in America and its building is on the National Register of Historic Places.<ref>Mount Holly: Trains, villes and one wooly mammoth, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Oct. 6, 2006.</ref><ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref>  
 
  
 
=== Historical Data  ===
 
=== Historical Data  ===
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/4939/ Mount Holly, Bowlsville, Mechnisville historic 1869 map.]  
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[http://www.old-maps.com/vermont/vt_cd_pdfs/Rutland1854-lowres.pdf 1854 Rutland County, Pittsfield map]  
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Mount Holly. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].  
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Pittsfield. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].  
  
*Carlton Cemetery - [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/vt-cemeteries/rutland-mount-holly-carlton-cemetery.htm Cemetery records online]
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*Parmenter Cemetery  
*Hortonville Cemetery
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*Village Cemetery<br>
*Mount Holly Cemetery
 
*New Mechanicsville Cemetery
 
*Old Mechanicsville Cemetery
 
*Packer Cemetery  
 
*Tarbellville Cemetery
 
  
 
=== Churches<br>  ===
 
=== Churches<br>  ===
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1. Pittsfield Federated United<br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Rural Route 100<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Pittsfield, VT 05762‎<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 746-8698
  
 
=== Town Records  ===
 
=== Town Records  ===
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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mount Holly Town Clerks Office. These include&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/350160 Town and vital records, 1792-1907], and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/674736 Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995.]  
 
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mount Holly Town Clerks Office. These include&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/350160 Town and vital records, 1792-1907], and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/674736 Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995.]  
  
Mount Holly Town Clerk<br> PO Box 248<br>Mount Holly, VT 05758<br>Phone: (802) 259-2391<br> Email: mthollytc@vermontel.net<br>Website: [http://www.mounthollyvt.org/town-services/town-office/ http://www.mounthollyvt.org/town-services/town-office/]  
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Pittsfield Town Clerk<br> 40 Village Green<br>PO Box 556<br>Pittsfield, VT 05762
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Phone:&nbsp;(802) 746-8170<br> Email: townofpittsfield@myfairpoint.net<br>Website:[http://www.pittsfieldvt.org/townclerk.php http://www.pittsfieldvt.org/townclerk.php][http://www.mounthollyvt.org/town-services/town-office/]  
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===

Revision as of 04:20, 16 July 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Rutland Gotoarrow.png Mount Holly

Brief History

Gov. Thomas Chittenden granted a charter to Pittsfield on June 29, 1781, but it took another 12 years before the town officially organized. The first settlers, Daniel and Joseph Bowe, arrived in 1786, raising a home near the southern border. At that first town meeting, residents permitted mill owner Charles Goodrich to name the town. He decided to call it after his previous residence, Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield's economy thrived because of its two primary natural resources - water and lumber. Both the Tweed and White Rivers run through town. By 1840, water powered a gristmill, three sawmills, a tannery and one fulling mill. But timber proved to be Pittsfield's greatest asset. Starting in the 1860s until 1920, lumber fed the economy.

Like so many other smaller Rutland County towns, Pittsfield's greatest population occurred in the 19th century. In 1840, 615 people lived in town. By 1950, the population had dropped to 225 and the 2010 Census counted 546 residents.[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 Mount Holly is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories

Maps

1854 Rutland County, Pittsfield map

Cemeteries

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

  • Parmenter Cemetery
  • Village Cemetery

Churches

1. Pittsfield Federated United
    Rural Route 100
    Pittsfield, VT 05762‎
    Phone: (802) 746-8698

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 Mount Holly Town Clerks Office. These include Town and vital records, 1792-1907, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995.

Pittsfield Town Clerk
40 Village Green
PO Box 556
Pittsfield, VT 05762

Phone: (802) 746-8170
Email: townofpittsfield@myfairpoint.net
Website:http://www.pittsfieldvt.org/townclerk.php[1]

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Mount Holly Town Library
26 Maple Hill Road
Belmont , Vermont 05730
Phone: (802) 259-3707
Email: mthollylibrary@gmail.com
Website: http://www.mounthollyvt.org/library/

Mount Holly Community Historical Museum
P.O. Box 17
Belmont, Vermont 05730
Email: mounthollymuseum@gmail.com
Website: http://www.mounthollyvtmuseum.org/introduction.htm

References

  1. Pittsfield: Logging boom built town's population, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Mar. 2, 2007.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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