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Jericho

Chartered: June 7, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 22,760 Acres / 35.56 Square Miles [ 178* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): 73°00'W 44°30'N
Altitude ASL: 560 feet
Population (US Census, 2000): 5,015 [ 26* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 141.0 [ 28* ]
Tax Rate: $2.057 ('03)
Equalized Value: $274,206,739 ('03)
*Area, Population and Density rankings above refer to Jericho's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants).

 

Utility Type Website Phone
Green Mountain Power Electric http://www.gmpvt.com 835-4672
VT Electric Co-op Electric http://www.vtcoop.com 635-2231
Vermont Gas Gas http://www.vermontgas.com 863-4511
Adelphia TV/Internet http://www.adelphia.net 658-3050
Verizon Telephone/Wireless http://www.verizon.com (800) 870-9999
All-Cycle Waste Garbage N/A 864-3615
Clean Green Sanitation Garbage N/A 654-7736

 

Jericho and Corinth are the only towns in the New Hampshire Grants not to succumb to Benning Wentworth's relentless efforts to impress the wealthy and politically powerful. While classical and Biblical names were popular in other colonies, Wentworth opted to name towns for the peerage and the English towns in which they lived (or, at the very least, one of the town's principal grantees). It would appear that Tom Chittenden, one such principal grantee of this town, prevailed upon Wentworth to depart from habit: an impressive name from antiquity would surely attract buyers.

On the Underhill-Jericho town line is Underhill Flats, one of the few villages in the state which lie in two towns.

In what could be called an early variant of gerrymandering, the story is told of Jedediah Lane, who moved here from Connecticut, eventually to become the town's representative in the Legislature. When a land survey was completed, it was discovered that Lane actually lived in Underhill. Not wanting to lose his job, Lane had his house moved a few feet west, over the line into Jericho.

Jericho was home to "Snowflake" Bentley.


Information courtesy of: www.virtualvermont.com