Whitingham

  • Whitingham

 Whitingham/Jacksonville

A mountain town with a vibrant community, bursting with natural beauty and Vermont charm. 

Whitingham, established over 250 years ago, is made up of two peaceful villages set along the scenic Vermont Route 100 Byway.  Wrapping the two villages are majestic views of mountains, lakes, and open land dotted with homestead farms hosting dairy and beef cows, alpacas, goats, horses and occasionally sheep. Families living here for many generations are the town’s bedrock yielding a Vermont culture and deep local heritage.

This quaint small town is located in the southern green mountains of Vermont at the southwest corner of Windham County along the Massachusetts state border. The highest elevation is approximately 2,340’. The four seasons here are distinct.

Whitingham is an easy 3-hour drive from Boston and a 4-hour drive from New York City. The community store in the center of the village is the hub for locals and visitors alike and is flanked by other typical small town businesses that provide goods and services to the community.  The population in 2016 was 1,453.

Whitingham is known for Harriman Reservoir (aka Lake Whitingham), the second largest lake entirely within Vermont at over 2000 acres.  Harriman Dam, built in 1923 by the New England Power Company, was the largest earth-filled dam in the world at the time. This earthen dam stands at 215 feet high and 1,250 feet long as its crest, it's one of the ten hydroelectric dams impounding the Deerfield River. The lake, along with several others, provides endless outdoor opportunities year round.

In the summer, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and all water sports are easily accessible. In the winter, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing, and nearby alpine skiing and snowboarding are common activities. A network of maintained trails make snowmobiling a popular pastime.

The town plan includes land preservation, controlled growth, and home occupation provisions as priorities. Whitingham is home to the Twin Valley Unified Union Middle/High School.

A bit of history

The town was named for Nathan Whiting, a landholder. On January 7, 1767, a petition was presented to the lieutenant governor of New York by Nathan Whiting and twelve others for the grant of a township covering a portion of the territory then known as Cumberland.

After much delay and a re-petition on March 12, 1770, the final grantees were seven British soldiers, Colonel Whiting and six others, who received the grant as a reward for their fidelity in the King's service. The township, 36 square miles, thus granted and chartered was named Whitingham. The first census in 1771 reported a population of 14, increasing to 1,177 in 1900 and after some decline increased again to the 1,177 in 1990.

Whitingham is the birthplace of Brigham Young, famed Mormon church leader and founder of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born on June 1, 1801 and moved to upstate New York when he was just three.

Explore the website at www.townofwhitingham-vt.org for more information and additional nearby activities and resources.