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Located in the far northwest corner of Vermont, Grand Isle County has a rich history that stretches back centuries. The Abenaki people were the original inhabitants of the region, utilizing its fertile lands and abundant lake resources. European settlement began in the late 18th century, with settlers primarily engaged in farming and fishing.

In 1779, Grand Isle County was established as one of Vermont's original four counties. It played a role in the Revolutionary War, with British naval forces occupying the area and causing significant hardships for the local population. The county grew steadily throughout the 19th century, attracting more settlers and witnessing the rise of trade and commerce. Steamships became a common sight on Lake Champlain, connecting Grand Isle County with other towns and cities.

During the 20th century, the county experienced periods of both prosperity and challenges. Agriculture remained a key industry, with dairy farming becoming particularly prevalent. However, the Great Depression and changing economic conditions caused significant hardships for the county's residents. In more recent years, tourism has become a vital part of the local economy, with visitors attracted to the county's scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.

Today, Grand Isle County continues to be a picturesque destination known for its natural landscapes and tranquil lifestyle. It is home to the Champlain Islands, which offer a range of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, and hiking. The county also retains its agricultural roots, showcasing farms and orchards that contribute to Vermont's agricultural heritage. With a proud history and an eye toward the future, Grand Isle County remains a place of natural beauty and cultural significance.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Grand Isle County, Vermont.

  • 1777 - Grand Isle County is created by the Vermont legislature and becomes the 9th county in the state.
  • 1783 - The town of South Hero is officially established.
  • 1802 - The town of North Hero is officially established.
  • 1809 - The town of Grand Isle is officially established.
  • 1826 - The town of Alburgh is officially established.
  • 1830 - The town of Isle La Motte is officially established.
  • 1848 - The first bridge connecting Grand Isle County to the mainland is built.
  • 1857 - The Plattsburgh and Montreal Railroad is completed, providing a connection to the mainland for the residents of Grand Isle County.
  • 1869 - The Lake Champlain Transportation Company is formed, providing ferry service between Grand Isle County and the rest of Vermont.
  • 1891 - The town of Grand Isle is established.
  • 1942 - The Alburgh Dunes State Park is established.
  • 1950 - The town of South Hero erects a monument to honor Ethan Allen, a Revolutionary War hero born in the area.
  • 1978 - Grand Isle becomes an incorporated village.
  • 1998 - The Grand Isle–Plattsburgh Bridge, a new bridge connecting Grand Isle County to New York, is completed.