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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Rutland Gotoarrow.png Rutland Town

Brief History

The Original Town of Rutland was chartered in 1761 and was later divided into; the Town of Proctor, the Town of West Rutland and the City of Rutland. The present 12,000 acre Town of Rutland is home to considerable commercial activity as well as a siginificant number of manufacturing jobs.

With a population of slightly over 4000 residents the Town of Rutland is the third largest municipality in Rutland County, Vermont. Manufactures such as General Electric and Isovolta Inc. are located in the southern section of the Town along with the Diamond Run Shopping Mall and the Green Mountain Shopping Plaza. With world class skiing just up the road, at the Killington and Pico ski areas, there are over 400 hotel and motel rooms in the Town of Rutland as well as numerous restaurants well staffed and ready to serve their quests.

Rutland town grew very rapidly from 3,715 people in 1850 to 12,149 in 1880. During that period the marble business had boomed, but other spheres of endeavor also flourished. Various interest groups could see that there might be advantages to be gained by dividing the town. So, in 1886 several changes were made. About 4,000 acres were taken from Rutland and Pittsford to create the town of Proctor. Another new town was created by splitting off approximately 9,500 acres from the west side of Rutland, and named West Rutland.

At the same time Proctor and West Rutland were created, the village of Rutland was incorporated to give it partly independent status. Six years later, in 1892, it was made a wholly independent city.

After the division was accomplished, the town of Rutland was left with about half the acreage it had when it was chartered, and only a fraction of the population that it had in 1880.


Historical Data

Town Histories 

History of Wallingford, VT, Walter Thorpe, Tuttle, Co., Rutland, VT, 1911.  Book available online.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

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

City Directories


1854 Rutland County, Rutland map


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

  • Baker Cemetery
  • Catholic Cemetery
  • Doty Cemetery
  • Green Hill Cemetery
  • Hill Roberts Cemetery
  • Hager-Bourn Cemetery
  • Hawkins Cemetery
  • Laurel Glen Cemetery
  • Maple Grove Cemetery
  • Packer Cemetery
  • Pelsue-Jarvary Cemetery
  • Saint Patricks Cemetery
  • Southard-Munson Cemetery
  • Stafford Cemetery
  • Sugar Hill Cemetery
  • West Hill Cemetery
  • Wallingford Cemetery


1. East Wallingford Baptist Church
    6132 Route 140
    East Wallingford, VT 05742
    Phone: (802) 259-2831

2. First Baptist Church of Wallingford
    39 School Street
    Wallingford, VT 05773
    Phone: (802) 446-2020

3. St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    238 North Main Street
    Wallingford, VT 05773
    Phone: (802) 446-2161

4. South Wallingford Union Congregational Church
    4210 U.S. Route 7
    South Wallingford, VT 05773
    Phone: (802) 446-7888

5. Wallingford Congregational Church
    189 South Main Street
    Wallingford, VT 05773
    Phone: (802) 446-2817

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 Rutland Town Clerks Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1893-1995.

Rutland Town Clerk
181 U.S. 4 Business
Center Rutland, VT 05736
Phone: (802) 773-2528


Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Gilbert Hart Library
14 South Main Street
Telephone/Fax: 446-2685
Wendy Savery, Librarian

Rutland Historical Society Inc.
96 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701-4023
Phone: (802) 775-2006
Email -


  1. Wallingford: Reputation for pitchforks and other tempered tools, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Jul. 7, 2006
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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