Dorset, Bennington County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Dorset was chartered by New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth on Aug. 20, 1761. 

The country's first commercial marble quarry was opened in South Dorset by Isaac Underhill in 1785 on the land of Reuben Bloomer. Over the next 130 years, two dozen or more quarries located on the slopes of Dorset Mountain and Mt. Aeolus were quarried.

It was in 1775 and 1776, that this town hosted the vitally important Dorset Conventions which set the stage for the creation of the Republic and later the state of Vermont.[1]

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer is a 5 volume set of historical information by Abby Maria Hemenway with Volume I published in 1867 and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death.

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

History of the Dorset Inn

Dorset VT Marble History

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

City Directories
[edit | edit source]

Vermont City Directories in Vermont Repositories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

1856 Dorset map

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Dorset. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Bennington County, website at this link.

  • Curtis Cemetery- inscriptios at Find A Grave site.
  • East Dorset Cemetery (aka South Village Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Maple Hill Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Morse Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Dorset Cemetery (aka Whitney Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Jeromes Catholic Church Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches[edit | edit source]

1. St Jerome Parish
    398 Bonnet St
    East Dorset, VT 05253
    Phone: (802) 362-1380

2. United Church of Dorset
    143 Church St
    Dorset, VT 05251
    Phone: (802) 867-2260

Town Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Dorset Town Clerks Office. These include Land records, 1764-1906; index to land records, 1764-1939Town records, vols. A, C, 1-3, 1734-1949, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1856-1994; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1734-1994.

Town of Dorset
PO Box 715
112 Mad Tom Road
East Dorset, VT 05253
Phone: (802) 362 4571

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Bennington Banner Newspaper

The Manchester Journal

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Dorset Village Library
P. O. Box 38
Route 30 & Church St
Dorset, VT 05251
Phone: (802) 867-5774

Dorset Historical Society
PO Box 52
Route 30 at Kent Hill Road
Dorset, VT 05251
Phone: (802) 867-0331

References[edit | edit source]

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