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Westford

Chartered: June 8, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 25,033 Acres / 39.11 Square Miles [ 139* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): 73°01'W 44°37'N
Altitude ASL: 464 feet
Population (US Census, 2000): 2,086 [ 80* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 53.3 [ 81* ]
Tax Rate: $2.057 ('03)
Equalized Value: $133,265,557 ('03)
*Area, Population and Density rankings above refer to Westford'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

 

Absent any evidence otherwise, the name appears to derive from being the most westerly of four granted the same day. For whatever reason, in 1781 the young Republic of Vermont granted another Westford, in Orleans County. That town was subsequently renamed Westmore.

Westford and adjacent Underhill listed many of the same grantees, which accounts for the fact that the names of families residing in one contributed to places names in the other. Mount Macomber in Underhill, for instance, derives from the Macomber family of Westford.

Where family names and descriptive terms were usually the basis for place names, Westford has a distinction in Number Eleven Hill. Nowhere else in the state is anything named by a number. When the town was being laid out, land was distributed in rounds, somewhat like modern sports drafts. The best land (suitable for dwellings and tillage) went in Round One to the most prominent grantee. Pasture land was Round Two; Round Three was frequently woodlot. Round Eleven would have been pretty far down the list in terms of usefulness.


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