Morristown, Vermont’s History Highlights
Governor Thomas Chittenden issued the Morristown charter on August 24, 1781, about nine months after the General Assembly of the Independent Republic of Vermont had granted Dr. Moses Morse his petition to establish a land grant in the north central part of the state. The name Morrisville is an adaptation some say seemed easier to pronounce than “Morsestown”. By 1795, there were enough inhabitants to establish the first tavern, school and church. Morristown is the only town in Lamoille County with consistent yearly population growth since its creation. Original inhabitants had moved from New York State, Massachusetts and St. Regis, brining to Morristown the flavor of their own cultural backgrounds and architectural styles. Additionally, the railroad greatly contributed to the successful development and growth of Morristown.
Morristown is known as “the heartbeat of Lamoille County”. Based on the United States Census Bureau, Morristown has a total area of 51.6 square miles (133.7 km2), of which, 51.3 square miles (133.0 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km2) is water. Morristown provides easy access to such activities as hiking, skiing, biking, boating, soaring, horse back riding and walking tours.
Morristown is the backdrop to a wide variety of annual events such as craft shows, harvest festivals, antique and art exhibits, parades and sporting events. Thanks to the innovative spirit and talent of its inhabitants, resident artists, restaurateurs and long-established and recognized business owners, Morristown is especially rich in cultural activities as well as services and outdoor activities. Morristown offers all the amenities of modern life, providing a rich environment for business owners as well as families in the midst of a peaceful rural lifestyle. It provides access to conference centers and lodging facilities for all tastes and wallets, ranging from high-end resorts to adorable Bed & Breakfast Inns and riverside campgrounds.
Surrounding towns include Stowe (home of Vermont’s highest mountain, Mount Mansfield), Smugglers Notch, Johnson (home of Johnson State College) and Jeffersonville (home of the Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery). Morristown is also home to reputable schools, providing complete, quality education from kindergarten to college and is home to the Copley Hospital and a wide spectrum of health care services ranging from conventional medicine to all disciplines of holistic health. The city-minded person will enjoy life in the village of Morrisville, at the heart of Morristown, while the homesteader at heart will find ample opportunity for indulging their fancies in the surrounding rural areas, while still enjoying proximity to essential amenities and services, and so much more.ResidentialLandCommercialMulti-Family