Shaftsbury, Vermont

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Shaftsbury, Vermont
Town
Robert Frost Stone House Museum, home of the poet Robert Frost from 1920 to 1929
Robert Frost Stone House Museum, home of the poet Robert Frost from 1920 to 1929
Shaftsbury, Vermont
Shaftsbury, Vermont
Coordinates: 42°57′47″N 73°12′27″W / 42.96306°N 73.20750°W / 42.96306; -73.20750Coordinates: 42°57′47″N 73°12′27″W / 42.96306°N 73.20750°W / 42.96306; -73.20750
Country United States
State Vermont
County Bennington
Area
 • Total 43.2 sq mi (111.8 km2)
 • Land 43.1 sq mi (111.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,043 ft (318 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,767
 • Density 87.4/sq mi (33.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05262
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-63550[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462203[2]
Website http://www.shaftsbury.net

Shaftsbury is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. The population was 3,767 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

The town was chartered on August 20, 1761. It was named after the Earl of Shaftesbury.[3]

In June 1843, escaped slaves hid at a Shaftsbury farm, in the first recorded instance in Vermont of the Underground Railroad.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.2 square miles (111.8 km2), of which 43.1 square miles (111.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.14%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,767 people, 1,450 households, and 1,078 families residing in the town. The population density was 87.4 people per square mile (33.7/km2). There were 1,574 housing units at an average density of 36.5 per square mile (14.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.73% White, 0.21% Black, 0.05% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 1,450 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,139, and the median income for a family was $52,083. Males had a median income of $36,118 versus $25,776 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,035. About 4.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The Selectboard, is the body that has general supervision and control over the affairs of the town.[5] The Selectboard performs three functions:

  • Legislative - enacts local ordinances, regulations and policies.
  • Administrative - prepares and presents the budget, oversees all town expenditures, supervises personnel and controls town buildings and property.
  • Quasi-judicial - determines private rights in such areas as laying out, discontinuing and reclassifying highways and hearing appeals as the local board of health and as the local liquor control commission.

In Shaftsbury, the Selectboard also serves as the water board, overseeing the operations of the Shaftsbury Water Department; assuming duties of the former Shaftsbury Fire & Light District.

Current members of the Selectboard include:[5]

  • Karen Mellinger - Chair - Term expires in 2014
  • Carl Korman - Vice Chair - Term expires in 2014
  • Ken Harrington - Term expires in 2016
  • Tim Scoggins - Appointment expires in 2014
  • Mitch Race - Appointment expires in 2014

Parks and Recreation[edit]

Lake Shaftsbury State Park is an 84-acre park surrounding Lake Shaftsbury. It became a sate park in 1974, and has group camping, a developed beach, play area, and picnic area.[6]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Profile for Shaftsbury, Vermont". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b "Selectboard". Town of Shaftsbury. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lake Shaftsbury State Park". Vermont State Parks. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Irving Adler remembered for strong will, brave stand
  8. ^ "Vermont Governor Jonas Galusha". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "HOWARD, Jacob Merritt, (1805 - 1871)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ Photo of Norman Lear at his Shaftsbury, Vermont home
  11. ^ "OLIN, Gideon, (1743 - 1823)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "OLIN, Henry, (1768 - 1837)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 

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