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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Rutland Gotoarrow.png Rutland City

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. 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, it was made a wholly independent city and Rutland City was incorporated as Vermont's third city on November 18, 1892.

Today the City of Rutland is a shire town and the county seat of Rutland County. 

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Historical Data

Town Histories 

  • Rutland in Retrospect, West, Robert Edward; White, Robert T.; Rutland Historical Society (Vt.), Published by Rutland Historical Society, Rutland, 1978. Find a copy in a library.
  • The Vermont State Fair takes place in Rutland VT.  The History of the Fair Since 1846 is online

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories

City of Rutland directories ftom the year range of 1872 through 1964 can be found on ($) at this link.

The FamilySearch Library Catalog has several microfilm of Rutland City Directories.



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

  • Calvary Cemetery
  • Grace Congregational Church Memorial Garden
  • House of Correction Cemetery
  • North Main Street Cemetery
  • Old West Street Cemetery
  • Saint Josephs Cemetery
  • The Church Cemetery
  • Trinity Episcapol Church Memorial Garden
  • West Street Cemetery



Christ The King Roman Catholic Church
66 S Main St Rutland, VT 05701‎
Phone: (802) 773-8992

Immaculate Heart-Mary Church
18 Lincoln Ave, Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-0845

St Peter Catholic Church
134 Convent Ave, Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-1994




City Records

Vital records (birth, death, marriage, and naturalization) can be obtained from the Rutland City Clerks Office online.

Rutland City Clerk
PO Box 969
Rutland, VT 05702


Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Rutland Free Library
10 Court St.
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone:(802) 773-1860

The Rutland Historical Society was founded in 1969 to serve the original town of Rutland which includes the present towns of Proctor, Rutland Town, West Rutland and the City of Rutland.

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


  1. About The Town of Rutland,
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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