Milton, Vermont
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
Milton, Vermont is located in the United States
Milton, Vermont
Milton, Vermont
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°37′53″N 73°8′13″W / 44.63139°N 73.13694°W / 44.63139; -73.13694
CountryUnited States
StateVermont
CountyChittenden
CommunitiesMilton
West Milton
Checkerberry Village
Cozy Corner
West View
Area
 • Total60.9 sq mi (157.7 km2)
 • Land51.5 sq mi (133.3 km2)
 • Water9.4 sq mi (24.4 km2)
Elevation
121 ft (37 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total10,723
 • Density180/sq mi (68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
05468
Area code802
FIPS code50-45250[1]
GNIS feature ID1462149[2]
Websitewww.miltonvt.org

Milton is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,723.[3] According to local legend, the town was named for the English poet John Milton, but the name most likely originated from William FitzWilliam, 4th Earl FitzWilliam, who held the title Viscount Milton and was a supporter of independence for the colonies during the American Revolution.[4]

Milton has a municipal building, school system, library, police force, fire department, rescue squad, several churches, as well as civic and social organizations.[5] The Town website can be found here: https://www.miltonvt.gov/

History

Milton was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire on June 8, 1763. In February 1782, the town was first settled by William Irish, Leonard Owen, Amos Mansfield, Absalom Taylor, and Thomas Dewey. There were approximately 300 settlers living in Milton by 1795. It was necessary to build a new meeting place, as meeting in private homes would no longer suffice. The Town House was built in 1849. In 1878, it was destroyed by a fire. Early settlers in Milton made most of their income from lumber and potash until 1840, when dairy became popular and butter and cheese were sold. Eventually, milk was also shipped to Boston and New York.[5] Milton was home of the Catamount Speedway, which operated until 1988. Many racers who have gone through there went on to NASCAR fame, including Shelburne native Kevin Lepage.[6]

Geography

Milton is located in northern Chittenden County, bordered by Franklin County to the north and Grand Isle County to the northwest, across an arm of Lake Champlain. The town includes the community of Milton in the east, as well as the communities of Cozy Corner, West View, Checkerberry Village, Milton Falls, Milton Village, and West Milton from east to west across the center of the town. The Lamoille River flows from northeast to southwest across the town, entering Lake Champlain at the town's southwestern corner. U.S. Route 2 crosses the eastern arm of Lake Champlain to Grand Isle from Sand Point, just north of the Lamoille River delta. Sand Bar State Park is located along Route 2.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Milton has a total area of 60.9 square miles (157.7 km2), of which 51.4 square miles (133.1 km2) is land and 9.5 square miles (24.6 km2), or 15.62%, is water.[3]

Farming

Milton as been home to many farms over the years, most of which were dairy farms, today only three dairy farms are still in operation in Milton as of February of 2024 these are; The Rowely Farm, Richards Farm, and The Hayes Farm. Out of the three previously mentioned farms, The Hayes Farm (officially Hayes Boys Dairy) is the youngest Dairy farm, the Hayes Farm was bought by John Hayes in 2023 although he had been renting it since 2016, Dairy operation on the farm ran from Unknown-2021, 2021- current. A ranch near all the residents of Milton know of is The Robinson Ranch. The Robinson Ranch is owned and operate by Edward "Ed" Robinson (commonly referred to as "Old Man Robinson") The Robinson Ranch sells Hay and raises a small number of beef cows, it used to be a dairy farm. The Robinson Ranch is known due to the quarry that was on the Ranch until Ed Robinson sold the Quarry sometime between 2012 and 2023.

Communities

Milton is home to many communities many of which exist due to the travel limitations before the automobile, as such many now only house people and have no church's, stores, or schools. A list of the Communities of the Town of Milton:

Milton Falls was where historically many businesses operated, all thought now most businesses operate in Milton Village, many of the larger commercial businesses are located in Milton Square. Miltonboro Village is a small community completely surrounded by Miltonboro, it is where many went who lived in West Milton and Miltonboro went to mail letters, go to church, get on the stagecoach or meet people getting off it. Miltonboro Village is not very relevant today as it is just made up of three houses and a cemetery, but at one point in time there was stagecoach station, a post office, a church, a cemetery, some houses and farms, and possibly a general store many of which were located on a road that came off of Beebe hill road and housed most of the for mentioned buildings, all thought said road is now gone and information/photos of Miltonboro is hard to find because during its time as a strong community it was very rural and not many photographs were taken.

Demographics

See also: Milton (CDP), Vermont

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1790282
1800786178.7%
18101,54896.9%
18201,74612.8%
18302,10020.3%
18402,1361.7%
18502,45114.7%
18601,963−19.9%
18702,0625.0%
18802,006−2.7%
18901,585−21.0%
19001,80413.8%
19101,648−8.6%
19201,523−7.6%
19301,6639.2%
19401,7505.2%
19501,8747.1%
19602,0227.9%
19704,495122.3%
19806,82951.9%
19908,40423.1%
20009,47912.8%
201010,3529.2%
202010,7233.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,479 people, 3,333 households, and 2,609 families residing in the town. The population density was 184.2 people per square mile (71.1/km2). There were 3,505 housing units at an average density of 68.1 per square mile (26.3/km2). There were 3,333 households. Of these, 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. Of all households, 15.3% were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.7% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,379, and the median income for a family was $50,972. Males had a median income of $36,149 versus $27,256 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,048. About 4.2% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Public safety

In 2008, property crimes increased by 54.9%. The number of incidents for all crime was 706.[8]

The town of Milton maintains a Volunteer Fire Department, a Volunteer Rescue squad, and a full time Police Department serving the town 24/7. The fire department was established in 1937, originally operating out of a small station on Main St. In 2003, they were moved to a large new station on Bombardier Rd next to the Town Offices and Rescue Squad.[9] The Milton Rescue Service was established in 1966 by members of the Fire Department for providing transport to the hospital. Today they operate two ambulances for in town and mutual aid calls to neighboring towns and are licensed up to the Paramedic level. They are located on Bombardier Rd next to the Fire Department.[10] The Milton Police Department was established in 1968 and provides Twenty four hour 911 assistance and policing to the Town of Milton. Included in their operations is a K-9 units, School Resource officers, and 17 full-time Officers.[11]

Transportation

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority provides weekday commuter bus service. Stops include the Milton Town Office Park & Ride and the Chimney Corner Park & Ride.[12]

Major highways

Education

Milton Elementary School (MES):

Milton Middle School (MMS):

Milton High School (MHS):

Businesses

The town is home to the warehouse for Gardener's Supply[30] and a manufacturing facility for Husky Injection Molding Systems.[31][32]

Auto racing oval Catamount Stadium was located in Milton and many drivers, including Kevin Lepage, raced here during their racing careers.[33]

Milton is home to Torre Rifle Company LLC a firearms and ammunition manufacturing and repair shop. Torre Rifle Company also sells guns and Ammo.

In popular culture

Milton was a filming location for some of the scenes in the Farrelly brothers movie Me, Myself & Irene, which starred Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger.[34]

On May 25, 2016, American singer-songwriter Daya performed an exclusive concert at Milton High School; fellow Artbeatz recording artist Symon performed in the concert as well.[35]

Notable people

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