Jericho Vermont Real Estate
Chartered: June 7, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Land Area: 22,760 Acres / 35.56 Square Miles
Coordinates: 73°00’W 44°30’N
Altitude ASL: 560 feet
Population: (US Census, 2000): 5,015
Population Density: (persons per square mile): 141.0
Tax Rate: $2.057 (’04)
Equalized Value: $3,027,500 (’04)
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.
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Fletcher-Allen Health Care (Burlington) 802-656-2345
Town Clerk: Jessica R. Alexander, 802-899-4936, PO Box 67 Jericho, VT 05465
Chittenden East Supervisory Union 802-434-2461
Jericho Elementary School 802-899-2272
Underhill ID Elementary 802-899-4680
Browns River Middle School 802-899-3711
Mt. Mansfield Union High School 802-899-2008