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Chester, Vermont

Chester, Vermont
Chester, Vermont
Chester, Vermont
Chester, Vermont is located in USA
Chester, Vermont
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Vermont
County Windsor
 • Total 55.9 sq mi (144.9 km2)
 • Land 55.7 sq mi (144.2 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 823 ft (251 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,154
 • Density 56/sq mi (22/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 05143-05144
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-13675[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462070[2]
Website .govchestervt

Chester is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. The population was 3,154 at the 2010 census.[3]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Arts and culture 4
    • Annual cultural events 4.1
    • Tourism 4.2
  • Media 5
  • Notable people 6
  • Dollar General proposal 7
  • Gallery 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The town was originally chartered by

  • Town of Chester official website
  • Chester community website
  • The Chester Telegraph, online newspaper
  • 2010-11 photos of town, houses and buildings (61)

External links

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Chester town, Windsor County, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "History of Chester" (PDF). Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Aldrich, Lewis Cass and Holmes, Frank R. (1891). History of Windsor County, Vermont. D. Mason & Company. p. 33. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Chester, Vermont, VT". ePodunk. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "There Goes the Neighborhood: A Walking Tour of Chester andIt’s Historic Stone Village”" (PDF). Your Place in Vermont. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Chester town, Windsor County, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "A list of Vermont Fall Foliage Events Festivals for the 2013 Season". Foliage Vermont. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chester Fall Festival". Chester Fall Festival. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Chester, Vermont Winter Carnival 2014". Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ "VERMONT - Windsor County - Historic Districts". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ "About Chester". Chester Vermont. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ "About The Telegraph". The Chester Telegraph. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Chester Vermont". The Chester Telegraph. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  19. ^ "BALDWIN, Melvin Riley, (1838 - 1901)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ "BEAMAN, Fernando Cortez, (1814 - 1882)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Former Iraq administrator Bremer now a painter". CNN. March 5, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  22. ^ "Donald J. Cram - Facts". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  23. ^ Keller, Scott (2004). Marine Pride: A Salute to America's Elite Fighting Force. Citadel Press. p. 217. 
  24. ^ Patterson, James A. (2012). B&H Publishing Group. p. 7. 
  25. ^ "Vermont Towns Have an Image, and They Say Dollar Stores Aren’t Part of It". The New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Environmental Court OK’s Dollar General with conditions". The Chester Telegraph. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  27. ^ "DRB upholds Dollar General OK, clarifies findings". The Chester Telegraph. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 



In 2011 and 2012, Chester residents gained notoriety for their fight against a proposed Dollar General store. The Chester Telegraph covered the issue, which was also picked up statewide by Vermont Public Radio and The New York Times.[25] In February 2014, the Vermont Environmental Court ruled that a Dollar General could be built in Chester.[26][27]

Dollar General proposal

  • Leigh J. Dakin, Member, Vermont House of Representatives.

Notable people

The Chester Telegraph, an online newspaper, is based in Chester, and was founded in 2011. It grew out of the website, which was funded by USDA Rural Development. The Telegraph focuses on local news in Chester.[17][18]


  • Chester Village Historic District — Roughly bounded by Lovers Lane Brook, Maple St., Williams River, Middle Branch & Lovers Lane (added September 8, 1985)
  • Greenwood House — VT 103 (added December 1, 1985)
  • Jeffrey House — North St. (added July 13, 1974)
  • Stone Village Historic District — Both sides of VT 103 (added June 17, 1974)

Registered historic sites:

Chester is famous for its Stone Village Historic District and Chester Village Historic District. Both districts are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[15] The Stone Village section is located along Vermont Route 103 in North Chester, across the Williams River from Chester Center. It is known for the many houses made of local granite. The Chester Factory Village has homes that were built between 1750-1924, and includes Victorian, Colonial Revival and Federal style architecture. Both areas are popular tourist destinations.[16]


Chester hosts The Chester Fall Festival on the Green in September,[12][13] and the Winter Carnival in February.[14]

Annual cultural events

Arts and culture

As of the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the town was $39,417, and the median income for a family was $47,083. Males had a median income of $32,744 versus $26,114 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,661. About 3.8% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

The Native America/Alaskan population has risen from 3 in 2000 to 16 in 2010, while Chester’s Asian population has risen from 7 to 15 and its Hispanic populace grew from 21 in 2000 to 35 in 2010. In the meantime, the number of African-American residents dropped from 10 in 2000 to 7 in 2010. And the number of residents claiming more than one race more than doubled, from 17 in 2000 to 37 in 2010.

Like most other Vermont towns, Chester continues to be overwhelmingly white (3,076 of 3,154). Chester is 97.5% white (down slightly from 98.8%) while Vermont as a whole is 95.3% white. Chester's non-Caucasian population, however, has more than doubled, from 38 residents in 2000 to 78 in 2010.

As in 2000, the majority of town residents in 2010 are female (1,638 to 1,516 male today compared to 1,574 to 1,470 10 years ago). In 2010, 1,262 of the women and 1,117 of the men are older than 19.

As of the census[1] of 2010, 3,154 people resided in Chester, with 1,793 housing units.[11] In 2010, Chester had 510 residents 14 years old and younger; 205 15 to 19; 277 20 to 29; 298 ages 30 to 39; and 418 ages 40 to 49. Our 0-49 age group makes up 53.2% of the Chester population. Of the entire population, 17.6% is 50 to 59 years old, 13.1% is 60 to 69; 7.6% is between 70 and 79 and 5.2% is 80 and older.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 55.9 square miles (144.9 km2), of which 55.7 square miles (144.2 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 0.46%, is water.[8]


, although it left the name "Chester" in place. 2011 was the 250th anniversary of the town. Vermont legislature The governing authority of Chester reverted to the 1761 charter by an act of the [7][6]

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