Greensboro, Vermont

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Not to be confused with Greensboro, North Carolina.
Greensboro, Vermont
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Coordinates: 44°35′21″N 72°18′1″W / 44.58917°N 72.30028°W / 44.58917; -72.30028Coordinates: 44°35′21″N 72°18′1″W / 44.58917°N 72.30028°W / 44.58917; -72.30028
Country United States
State Vermont
County Orleans
Chartered August 23, 1781
 • Total 39.4 sq mi (102.0 km2)
 • Land 37.8 sq mi (97.8 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)
Elevation 904 ft (587 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 770
 • Density 20.4/sq mi (7.9/km2)
 • Households 313
 • Families 215
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05841
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-30175[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462109[2]

Greensboro is the southernmost town in Orleans County, Vermont, United States. The population was 770 at the 2000 census. The town includes the places of Campbells Corners, East Greensboro, Gebbie Corner, Greensboro Four Corners, Greensboro Bend, The Four Corners, Tolmans Corner, and Burlington Point.


Greensboro was chartered in 1781. The town was named for Timothy Green, one of the original charter recipients and an original landowner under the charter. However, there is no evidence that he ever visited the town, and his land was sold for non-payment of taxes a few decades after he received it.[3]:13-14 Only three of the original proprietors settled in the town; most likely, the others were land speculators who sold their land to others or let it be sold at tax sales when buyers could not be found.[3]:18

The Bayley Hazen Military Road, built before the town was chartered, allowed its development. The road passed to the west of Caspian Lake, and a wooden blockhouse was constructed there in 1779[3]:21-22[4] on what is now known as Block House Hill[3]:frontispiece. In 1781, the blockhouse's party of four was attacked by Abenaki; two were killed and two were captured.[3][4]:22-23 A second road was built by Timothy Hinman between 1791 and 1793. This road, which came to be known as the Hinman Settler Road, branched off from the Bayley-Hazen in Greensboro and continued to Derby. These two roads were of major importance to the settlement of northern Vermont.[3]:23

The Highland Lodge opened in 1954. It had a hotel and restaurant that was open year-round. It had a beach on Caspian Lake with sailboats, kayaks, and canoes; a children's play programs and nature programs in the summer and nature hikes and cross-country ski trails in the winter. Special events included wedding, business retreats, music programs, workshops, and talks. It closed once in 2011[5] but is now open for room and cottage rentals only. The Highland Lodge and property are also for sale.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.4 square miles (102.0 km2), of which 37.8 square miles (97.8 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2) (4.11%) is water.

The town includes Caspian Lake and most of Eligo Pond, also known as Lake Eligo.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 770 people, 313 households, and 215 families residing in the town. The population density was 20.4 people per square mile (7.9/km2). There were 773 housing units at an average density of 20.5 per square mile (7.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.36% White, 0.13% African American, 0.78% Native American, and 2.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 313 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males.



  • Moderator - Timothy Nisbet
  • Chair, Selectboard - Anne Stevens
  • Town Clerk - Valdine Hall
  • Asst. Town Clerk - Kim Greaves, Jeanne Eisner
  • Treasurer - Valdine Hall
  • Auditor - Patricia Mercier
  • Auditor - Marsha Gadoury
  • Lister - Kim Greaves
  • Lister - Kristen Leahy
  • Lister - Harold Tolman
  • Trustee of Public Funds - Sherral Lumsden
  • Library Trustee - Debbie Kasper
  • Agent - David Smith
  • Grand Juror - David Smith
  • Water Board - Keith Meyers, John Mackin, Craig Dezell

School District[edit]

  • Member, District School Board - Wayne Young
  • Treasurer - Lorraine Tolman
  • Member Lakeview Elementary School Board - Patricia Launer
  • Member, Lakeview Elementary School Board - Mateo Kehler
  • Member, Hazen School Board - Ed Karp


Personal income[edit]

The median income for a household in the town was $34,583, and the median income for a family was $40,917. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $20,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,396. About 3.7% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.[1][7]

Greensboro has the highest per capita income in Orleans County for a town. Newport city is higher. Greensboro's income ranks it 129th out of 282 census areas in Vermont.


Circus Smirkus, a non-profit youth circus, is based here. The company was founded in Greensboro in 1987.

Hill Farmstead Brewery, a craft brewery.


The Caspian lake is surrounded by cottages, many available for summer rental. The lake is used for boating, sailing and fishing. There is a public beach at the south end, in town, with a boat ramp. There are two inns in town, Highland Lodge, which rents rooms and cottages, and Lakeview Inn which holds group events.

Ice fishing is popular.

Greensboro has a nine-hole golf course, Mountain View, circa 1895! No traps, fantastic views of the lake and Mount Mansfield.


The Greensboro Association assists with summer swimming lessons, library maintenance, and the annual Independence Day fireworks display. Greensboro was the setting of a short film called The Abels House is Green[8] directed by part-time resident Duncan M. Rogers.

The hub of town is a general store called Willeys.

The Green Mountain Monastery, a community of women, was formed here in 1999.[9]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Peter D. Watson, Wilhelmina Smith, Lewis Hill, Nancy Hill, Sally Fisher, Patricia Haslam, Rhoda Metraux, Dorothy Ling, and Gail Sangree, The History of Greensboro: The First Two Hundred Years. Greensboro Historical Society, 1990. Pp. 13-14.
  4. ^ a b Federal Writers Project, Vermont: A Guide to the Green Mountain State. Vermont State Planning Board/Works Progress Administration, 1937. P. 242.
  5. ^ Dunbar, Bethany M. (October 12, 2011). "Highland Lodge closes its doors after 57 years". the Chronicle (Barton, Vermont). p. 1. 
  6. ^ [1] The Highland Lodge
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ the Abels House is Green
  9. ^ Green Mountain Monastery

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