Richmond Vermont Real Estate
Chartered: October 27, 1794 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Land Area: 20,957 Acres / 32.75 Square Miles
Coordinates: 73°00’W 44°24’N
Altitude ASL: 319 feet
Population: (US Census, 2000): 4,090
Population Density: (persons per square mile): 124.9
Tax Rate: $2.057 (’04)
Equalized Value: $2,930,180 (’04)
Richmond was created from lands in what had been three contiguous towns (Jericho, Williston and Huntington); a piece of a fourth (Bolton) was added later. How a new town came to be created from some of the best land in four others is buried deep in petitions and laws of the young state. The whole thing has the distinct odor of politics, with the Allens, the Chittendens and other members of the Onion River Company involved. How the name was chosen is not known, though we can reasonably rule out honoring royalty.
Richmond Center has always been the chief village, though Jonesville, to the south on Route 2, was a close second for a number of years. Ransome Jones was a prominent village merchant in the 1880’s.
Fays Corners, on the road to Hinesburg, received a post office in 1890. Truman Fay’s widow, Salome, was the one and only postmistress, the office folding two years later for lack of business. The chief business in that area was the Fay family’s wool-carding and cloth dying mill, but that was defunct by 1900.
Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Fletcher-Allen Health Care (Burlington) 802-656-2345
Town Clerk: Velma E. Plouffe, 802-434-2221, PO Box 285 Richmond, VT 05477
Chittenden East Supervisory Union 802-434-2461
Richmond Elementary School 802-434-2461
Camels Hump Middle School 802-434-2188