Shaftsbury, Vermont

Shaftsbury, Vermont

Robert Frost Stone House Museum, home of the poet Robert Frost from 1920 to 1929

Shaftsbury, Vermont
Shaftsbury, Vermont

Location in the United States

Coordinates: 42°57′47″N 73°12′27″W / 42.96306°N 73.20750°W / 42.96306; -73.20750Coordinates: 42°57′47″N 73°12′27″W / 42.96306°N 73.20750°W / 42.96306; -73.20750
Country United States
State Vermont
County Bennington
  Total 43.2 sq mi (111.8 km2)
  Land 43.1 sq mi (111.6 km2)
  Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,043 ft (318 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 3,590
  Density 83/sq mi (32.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05262
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-63550[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462203[2]

Shaftsbury is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. The population was 3,590 at the 2010 census.[3]


The town was chartered on August 20, 1761. It was named after the Earl of Shaftesbury.[4]

In June 1843, escaped slaves hid at a Shaftsbury farm, in the first recorded instance in Vermont of the Underground Railroad.[5]


Shaftsbury is located in Bennington County along the western border of Vermont. To the north is the town of Arlington, to the east is the unincorporated town of Glastenbury, to the south is the town of Bennington, the county seat, and to the west are the towns of Hoosick and White Creek in New York.

Shaftsbury includes the communities of Shaftsbury Center and South Shaftsbury. Lake Shaftsbury State Park is located in the northern part of the town, around Lake Shaftsbury.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.2 square miles (111.8 km2), of which 43.1 square miles (111.6 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.21%, is water.[3] Most of the town drains southward to the Walloomsac River, while the northeast corner, including Lake Shaftsbury, drains north to the Batten Kill. Both rivers are part of the Hudson River watershed.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20143,531[6]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,767 people, 1,450 households, and 1,078 families residing in the town. The population density was 87.4 people per square mile (33.7/km2). There were 1,574 housing units at an average density of 36.5 per square mile (14.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.73% White, 0.21% Black, 0.05% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 1,450 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,139, and the median income for a family was $52,083. Males had a median income of $36,118 versus $25,776 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,035. About 4.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.


The Selectboard is the body that has general supervision and control over the affairs of the town.[8] The Selectboard performs three functions:

In Shaftsbury, the Selectboard also serves as the water board, overseeing the operations of the Shaftsbury Water Department; assuming duties of the former Shaftsbury Fire & Light District.

Current members of the Selectboard include:[8]

Parks and recreation

Lake Shaftsbury State Park is an 84-acre (34 ha) park surrounding Lake Shaftsbury. It became a state park in 1974, and has group camping, a developed beach, play area, and picnic area.[9]

Notable people


  1. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. 1 2 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Shaftsbury town, Bennington County, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  4. "Profile for Shaftsbury, Vermont". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  5. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Selectboard". Town of Shaftsbury. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  8. "Lake Shaftsbury State Park". Vermont State Parks. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  9. Irving Adler remembered for strong will, brave stand
  10. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1921,' Biographical Sketch of George L. Buck, pg. 247
  11. "Vermont Governor Jonas Galusha". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  12. "HOWARD, Jacob Merritt, (1805 - 1871)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  13. Photo of Norman Lear at his Shaftsbury, Vermont home
  14. "OLIN, Gideon, (1743 - 1823)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  15. "OLIN, Henry, (1768 - 1837)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
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