Eden, Vermont

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Eden, Vermont
Eden, Vermont
Eden, Vermont
Eden, Vermont is located in the United States
Eden, Vermont
Eden, Vermont
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°42′41″N 72°32′25″W / 44.71139°N 72.54028°W / 44.71139; -72.54028Coordinates: 44°42′41″N 72°32′25″W / 44.71139°N 72.54028°W / 44.71139; -72.54028
CountryUnited States
Eden Mills
 • Total64.3 sq mi (166.5 km2)
 • Land63.6 sq mi (164.7 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
1,148 ft (350 m)
 • Total1,323
 • Density18.1/sq mi (7.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)802
FIPS code50-23500[1]
GNIS feature ID1462088[2]
Eden Central School

Eden is a town in Lamoille County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2010 census.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.3 square miles (166.5 km2), of which 63.6 square miles (164.7 km2) is land and 0.7 square mile (1.8 km2) (1.10%) is water. 15.9 square miles are conserved land. Eden is one of the largest towns in Vermont by area, and is divided into Eden and Eden Mills, each of which has its own zip code.[4]

The Babcock Nature Preserve, a geologically significant tract of land used by Johnson State College and students of other Vermont state colleges, is located in Eden. The preserve is used for teaching courses in geology, field biology, and field ornithology.

Lake Eden is located in Eden and is a popular summer destination; a lottery is held each fall to reserve RV sites for the following summer.[5]

Eden Notch is located in Eden on Route 100.


The single public school in Eden serves slightly more than 100 students. The ECS mascot is Eddie the Eagle. Eden Central School is located at 140 Knowles Flat Road just off route 100. The school serves pre-K through 6th-grade students. In 2018, ECS was the recipient of a Year of the Book Grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation.

Middle and high school students attend Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park, as Eden is part of the Lamoille North Unified School District. The school boasts an outdoor classroom area, a large garden, sports fields, and a very vibrant after school program. ECS receives tremendous support from the community. Open houses, concerts, celebration events and graduations are all widely attended.



The two-member at-large Essex-Orleans Senate district includes the town of Eden, as well as parts or all of Essex, Orleans, Franklin and Lamoille counties.


Eden was chartered in 1781 to 72 Green Mountain Boys who fought in the Revolutionary War. However, town history shows that Eden was not settled until after 1800, and none of the veterans to whom the town was originally chartered ever settled there.[4][3]

Belvidere Mountain[edit]

An asbestos mine on Belvidere Mountain which operated from 1936 to 1993 left an estimated 3,500,000 cubic yards (2,700,000 m3) of mill tailings. In 2008, the state warned residents of Eden and nearby towns that there was a "health risk" for people living within a 10 miles (16 km) radius of the mine. Aboveground mill tailings were estimated at 16,000,000 cubic yards (12,000,000 m3).[6] In April 2009, the Vermont Department of Health released a revised study which found that all of the deaths related to the asbestos mine were caused by occupational exposure. The report also concluded that people living near the mines had no increased risk of asbestos-related illness vis-a-vis people living anywhere else in Vermont.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20141,348[8]1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,152 people, 409 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.1 people per square mile (7.0/km2). There were 582 housing units at an average density of 9.2 per square mile (3.5/km2). 151 (26%) of those housing units were seasonal homes.[10] The racial makeup of the town was 95.57% White, 0.17% African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, and 2.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

There were 409 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out with 31.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,417, and the median income for a family was $35,380. Males had a median income of $27,717 versus $21,705 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,391. About 10.3% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Eden, Vermont, New England, USA". www.virtualvermont.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  4. ^ a b "About Eden | Eden, Vermont 05652". www.edenvt.org. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  5. ^ "Lake Eden Recreation Area | Eden, Vermont 05652". www.edenvt.org. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  6. ^ Lefebvre, Paul (December 1, 2008). Residents shrug off asbestos findings. the Chronicle.
  7. ^ "Overview: Asbestos in Buildings". Vermont Department of Health. 2016-07-18.
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Statistics | Eden, Vermont 05652". www.edenvt.org.
  11. ^ Newton, Candelas (1995). Understanding Federico García Lorca. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. p. 10.
  12. ^ Young, Peter (December 14, 2017). "I Remember: The cabal that saved Norwich, Part 10". The Northfield News. Northfield, VT.
  13. ^ "Obituary, Harold C. Sylvester". Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT. July 16, 1988. p. 2B – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Barlow, Daniel (March 3, 2007). "General fired in Walter Reed scandal grew up in northern Vt". Rutland Herald. Rutland, VT. Vermont Press Bureau.