Chelsea, Vermont

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Chelsea, Vermont
Orange County Court House in Chelsea, Vermont
Orange County Court House in Chelsea, Vermont
Located in Orange County, Vermont
Located in Orange County, Vermont
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Coordinates: 43°59′22″N 72°27′46″W / 43.98944°N 72.46278°W / 43.98944; -72.46278Coordinates: 43°59′22″N 72°27′46″W / 43.98944°N 72.46278°W / 43.98944; -72.46278
CountryUnited States
Chartered1781 (Vermont)
Chelsea West Hill
 • Total39.9 sq mi (103.4 km2)
 • Land39.9 sq mi (103.4 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation840 ft (256 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total1,250
 • Density31.3/sq mi (12.1/km2)
 • Households495
 • Families324
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code05038
Area code(s)802
FIPS code50-13525[1]
GNIS feature ID1462069[2]
WebsiteChelsea Vermont Official Town Website

Chelsea is a town in and the shire town[3] (county seat)[4] of Orange County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,238 at the 2010 census.


Chelsea is located in a river valley in Central Vermont. The First Branch of the White River travels through the valley and the town.  Located in the center of town are two commons

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.9 square miles (103.4 km²), of which 39.9 square miles (103.4 km²) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.05%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20141,245[5]0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Chelsea Public School enrolls Kindergarten through 12th grade
Chelsea Public Library

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 1,238 people, 541 households, and 334 families residing in the town. Of the 541 household 117 had children under the age of 18 living within them.

The racial makeup of the town was 96.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

The median age of residents is 48.3. The median household income is $49, 500. 89.2% of adults have earned a high school diploma or higher level of education. 17.9% of individuals live below the poverty line.


The town was founded on August 4, 1781. It was originally called Turnersburgh after settler Bela Turner. In 1788 the townspeople of Turnersburgh approved a bill to rename the town Chelsea.

The first small school houses were established in the early 1800s. By 1845 there were 18 school houses operating around the town. In 1852 the Chelsea Academy was built in the village district. The Chelsea Academy burnt in 1870. In 1913 the “new” Chelsea High School building was built, this building still houses the Chelsea Public School today[8].  

Historic Sites[edit]

In 1983 the village of Chelsea was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.[9]

Chelsea has two other structures listed on the National Register:

Figure, the original Morgan Horse[12], is buried in Chelsea

Barn Quilt Trail[edit]

In 2018 The Chelsea Arts Collective led a project to create a barn quilt trail in Chelsea. Barn quilts are painted pieces of plywood. Designs are often geometric and resemble the patchwork of a quilt[13].

Interesting Facts[edit]

The following movies were filmed (either fully or partially) in Chelsea[14]:

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Title 24, Part I, Chapter 1, §10, Vermont Statutes. Accessed 2007-11-01.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Community Facts". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  8. ^ Committee from the Chelsea Historical Society (1984). Chelsea, Vermont 1784-1984. Barre, Vermont: Northlight Studio Press.
  9. ^ "Search Results". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  10. ^ "Search Results". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  11. ^ "Search Results". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  12. ^ "'Justin Morgan Trail' Honors Man and Horse | The Herald of Randolph". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  13. ^ Jones, Rachel Elizabeth. "Chelsea Arts Collective Launches Barn Quilt Project". Seven Days. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  14. ^ "Movies Filmed in Vermont". Vermont Folklore, Myths, Legends, Ghost Stories & More. Retrieved 2018-09-21.

Further reading[edit]

  • John Moore Comstock, Chelsea: The Origin of Chelsea, Vermont and a Record of its Institutions and Individuals. n.c.: n.p., 1944.
  • Chelsea Historical Society, Inc., A History of Chelsea, Vermont 1784–1984. (Chelsea Historical Society, Inc., 1984).

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