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Vermont was home to the first American-born saint: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was born in New York City in 1774, spent time living in the town of Emmitsburg, Vermont. She later became the first American-born saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
Orange County, Vermont has a rich history that dates back to the time of Native American settlements. Before European settlers arrived in the 18th century, the area was predominantly inhabited by the Abenaki tribe, who lived off the land and had a strong connection to nature. The region was eventually claimed by the French in the late 1600s, followed by the English in the mid-1700s.

With the establishment of Orange County in 1781, the area began to flourish under the influence of European settlers. The county's early economy relied heavily on agriculture, particularly dairy farming, which helped drive the local economy for many years. The opening of the Vermont Central Railroad in 1849 brought additional economic growth and opportunities for trade and transportation.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Orange County experienced several changes and developments. The introduction of industry, including mills and factories, expanded the local economy and provided employment opportunities. Towns like Randolph and Chelsea became significant centers of commerce and industry. This period also saw the rise of education in the county, with the establishment of various schools and academies.

In the present day, Orange County remains a predominantly rural area, with a strong focus on agriculture and farming. While the county has modernized to keep up with the changing times, it still holds onto its small-town charm and close-knit communities. The historical sites, museums, and annual events in Orange County allow residents and visitors alike to connect with the region's rich history and appreciate its cultural heritage.

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

  • 1761 - Orange County is established, named after William III of Orange.
  • 1776-1783 - Orange County residents actively participate in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1793 - Vermont's state capital is temporarily located in Randolph within Orange County.
  • 1800s - Orange County experiences rapid growth, with population and infrastructure development.
  • 1855 - The Vermont Central Railroad stretches across Orange County, stimulating economic growth.
  • 1861-1865 - Many Orange County residents serve in the American Civil War.
  • 20th Century - Orange County's economy diversifies, with agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing industries.
  • 1955 - Interstate 89, connecting Vermont and New Hampshire, is completed, improving transportation in the region.
  • 2000s - Orange County continues to thrive, with a focus on sustainable agriculture and tourism.