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.
- History of Mount Holly, Vermont, Carroll R. Tarbell, 1987. Find a library where book is held.
- The Building of a Vermont Town, A History of Mount Holly--From the Beginnings to 1866
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
The probate district for Mount Holly is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
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
1. Pittsfield Federated United
Rural Route 100
Pittsfield, VT 05762
Phone: (802) 746-8698
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
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
Mount Holly Community Historical Museum
P.O. Box 17
Belmont, Vermont 05730
- Pittsfield: Logging boom built town's population, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Mar. 2, 2007.
- History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.