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Mount Holly, Rutland County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Mount Holly started life as a gore, specifically Jackson's Gore, named after one Abraham Jackson, who first settled the land in 1782. Located between Ludlow and Wallingford, the gore appeared rather unfriendly territory, but two different groups of settlers found the resources habitable and started clearing the forests.

By 1792, enough people had settled the gore that the Vermont Legislature incorporated the town under a new named - Mount Holly. There exists some debate about the origin of the name. One argument has the town being named after another Mount Holly, this one located in southern New Jersey. Quaker heritage linked the two communities. Numerous Quakers first settled Mount Holly, New Jersey; and a large percentage of the first residents of Jackson's Gore also belonged to the sect.

The combination of dairy and harsh Mount Holly winters prompted farmers to adopt a style of architecture rarely found in western Vermont. Known as "continuous architecture," this featured a number of farm buildings interconnected with the farmhouse. The arrangement permitted farmers to travel indoors during the winter and not be exposed to the cold temperatures and snowy conditions so prevalent in the region.

Dairying served as a mainstay in town as the forests became depleted. In 1881, farmers around Healdville formed a cooperative cheese factory and placed Alfred Crowley in charge of the operation. Crowley Cheese remains the "oldest, continuously operated, cooperative cheese factory" in America and its building is on the National Register of Historic Places.[1][2]

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The probate district for Mount Holly is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Mount Holly, Bowlsville, Mechnisville historic 1869 map.

1854 Rutland County, Mount Holly map

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

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Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mount Holly Town Clerks Office. These include Town and vital records, 1792-1907, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995

Mount Holly Town Clerk
PO Box 248
Mount Holly, VT 05758
Phone: (802) 259-2391
Website: Mount Holly Town-services/town-office

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Mount Holly Town Library
26 Maple Hill Road
Belmont , Vermont 05730
Phone: (802) 259-3707
Website: Mount Holly Town Library

Mount Holly Community Historical Museum
P.O. Box 17
Belmont, Vermont 05730
Website: Mount Holly Community Historical Museum

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mount Holly: Trains, villes and one wooly mammoth, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Oct. 6, 2006.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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