Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland Before 1791


ARLINGTON >> On March 4 Vermont celebrated the 225th anniversary of becoming the 14th state in 1791. Join us on March 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martha Canfield Library where we will hold our own celebration with a review of the early history of Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland between 1761 and 1791. We will have birthday cake, coffee, tea, and juice with the presentation in the downstairs meeting room.

In this 30-year period our three towns were at the center of Vermont in the making. Arlington was the first capital of Vermont; Ethan and Ira Allen lived in Sunderland, and their cousin Remember Baker lived in Arlington; Daniel Shays of Shays' Rebellion fame lived in Arlington and Sandgate; Revolutionary War armies passed through our towns, and the Green Mountain Boys actively worked to keep the New York claims on the New Hampshire Grants at bay.

This program is presented by Bill Budde, curator of the Russell Vermontiana Collection housed at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library. The Russell Vermontiana Collection includes early original material on the founding families and early settlers of Arlington. School lists, tax assessments, deeds, military records, land surveys, and other manuscripts provide valuable documentation for historians and genealogists. Recent volunteer work has indexed many of these records for family researchers. The collection is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. For information or to schedule an appointment call 802-375-6153 or email


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