History of the Lyndon Area in Lyndonville Vermont

When Rhode Island proprietors secured the original Lyndon township grant, the area was covered in forests and woodlands with the Passumpsic River providing needed drainage for the flood plain and waterfalls for potential power for grist and saw mills. The charter of the town of Lyndon was signed by Governor Thomas Chittenden in 1780.

It seems likely that the name Lyndon was chosen to honor Josias Lyndon, (1704–1778) a former governor of Rhode Island and friend of many of the proprietors. Many of these men served with the 2nd Rhode Island regiment, 1st division including Israel Angell. The original proprietors secured the grant as a business venture and had no intention of settling it. Some of the men held high positions of rank including Jonathan Arnold, William Greene (Rhode Island governor) and the President of Rhode Island College later Brown University, James Manning (minister). They needed men in search of free land, who would clear each proprietor’s grant in return for a portion of it. The town was surveyed in 1781 by Jonathan Arnold, Daniel Cahoon and Daniel Owen. Settlement began in 1789. By the 1790 census, twelve families with 59 residents made their home In Lyndon. These families installed roads, mills, homes, barns, fields, crops, churches, and schools.

The village of Lyndon Corner was incorporated in 1792; Lyndon Center in 1794. Lyndonville was incorporated in 1866. The village of Lyndon Corner was about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Lyndonville. Hotel Lyndon was built there in 1807. It became a tavern and burned in 1897. About 1867, the Connecticut & Passumpsic Rivers Railroad bypassed Lyndon Corner and Lyndon Center. This resulted in business moving to Lyndonville. The bypassed villages became residential and are no longer distinguished as separate villages - they both gave up their incorporated village statuses in 1962.

During a centennial celebration in 1891 an iron box was buried as a time capsule but could not be found during a 1991 ceremony. The Lyndon Outing Club held an annual winter festival in the late 1930 to early 1940s. The festival consisted of dog sled races, cross country and ski jumping competitions, and sulky races on cleared streets.

Lyndon shares a rich history with nearby Burke. Local historical figure Elmer Darling, master of Burklyn Hall, greatly influenced both the Lyndon and Burke communities. Theordore N. Vail, of AT&T historical fame, had an elaborate residence on Vail Hill in Lyndon on the current site of Lyndon State College.

The Cobleigh Library

"In 1905 Eber W. Cobleigh donated $15,000 to erect a public library building in Lyndonville. The site of the Silsbury Livery Stable at Main and Depot Street was authorized for purchase at the annual town meeting in March and the library building was completed in late 1906. Plans for the building were drawn by William J Sayward, a member of the well known firm that had designed the Boston Public Library. The library was dedicated and opened to the public in January, 1907."

History of the Cobleigh Library courtesy of the Cobleigh Library

Burklyn Hall

"Construction of Burklyn Hall began in 1904, while Mr. Darling was operating the Fifth Avenue Hotel, on Fifth Avenue and 23rd street in New York City. When his hotel, with an astonishing thousand rooms, was first built just before the Civil War it was deemed too far uptown to be practical. But the city was growing faster than anyone could have imagined and the hotel prospered, largely as a result of Mr. Darling's lavish and tasteful hand. Yet by the turn of the century, the hotel was already too far downtown, and so Mr. Darling began to plan his retirement home amidst the land and people he so loved.

He had acquired Mountain View Farm in 1883, and steadily added to its land and buildings since then. He had long ago chosen the site for Burklyn Hall, so named because the knoll with commanding views was right on the Lyndon/Burke town line. He had studied architecture at MIT himself, and chose the neo Georgian style, an homage to the English tradition of a century before, embellished with pilasters, columned piazzas, Palladian windows and a balustraded roof.

He hired a New York firm to complete the design, while the actual construction was hired out locally. An exception was to be the plumbing. Mr. Darling wanted the very best, and had a New York firm furnish those and other fixtures.

Limestone for the foundation was quarried near the site, and the massive granite blocks for the foundation above grade came from Kirby. Over three hundred thousand board feet of lumber went into the construction, nearly all of it was cut on the property and milled nearby. Some of the finish work was done by artisans hired from elsewhere, such as Italian plasterers. Special amenities included a central vacuum system, an elevator, refrigeration, and an Old English Pub in the basement. It was, in the words of Elizabeth Brouha, "a restrained and elegant expression of the romantic dream of feudal paternalism in the Age of Opulence." The architects estimated the total cost was $80,550.

Mr. Darling chose his special shade of yellow for the exterior, as he did with most of the other outbuildings of the estate. Sixty-nine pilasters, eight entrances, and a piazza on three sides accent the exterior, a conservatory and a magnificent greenhouse were added in 1910. When the building was completed in 1908, Mr. Darling quit the hotel business and moved in. Although he never married, he did not live there alone. His unmarried sister, Miss Louise Darling, lived there as well and presided over the many social functions. It is easy to imagine the gaiety of these occasions as one enters the central hall, which is modeled after the Longfellow House in Cambridge. Other main rooms are to the left and right, each of the nine fireplaces has its own distinctive mantle and type of marble, the main hallway fireplace is accented by the Darling coat of arms, "Deo Donum," God's gift, and so it surely seemed.

The only imported wood is the beautiful rich mahogany paneling of the dining room. Particularly notable is the native birch paneling in the breakfast room. This is where Mr. Darling and Miss Louise took their morning repast, one sitting in Burke, the other in Lyndon. On the second floor there were four special guest chambers; Egypt, Franconia, Brighton and Willoughby, named for the views the room afforded, and each with its own decorative motif and matching sterling silver service. There were a total of ten bedrooms on the second floor, and twelve on the third!
It was, perhaps, because Mr. Darling had no wife and children of his own that the nearby residents became, in a sense, his family. A great annual occasion was his Christmas party for local children. Hundreds were brought to the party by sleigh, and each got a gift from Santa Clause. There were more parties for the adults throughout the holiday season, but such grandeur and celebration could not last forever. Miss Louise Darling died in 1925, and Elmer Darling followed her in 1931. After their brother Lucien died in 1937, the estate changed hands several times. It was owned by the state for a while, and endured some institutional years as a college dormitory. We are delighted to see Burklyn Hall's former elegance restored by the present owners."
History of Burklyn Hall is courtesy of the Fairbanks Museum

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Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 886
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-9696
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Relocating to the Lyndonville Vermont area

We boast a mixed bag of residents here in the Lyndon area. It can be best summed up by the comment of one of our Chamber members: “I am originally from New York, but I moved here from Philadelphia fifteen years ago. On one side, I have a family who has farmed their land for seven generations. On the other side is a Nobel Laureate who comes up on weekends for rest and relaxation.”

There are many reasons to relocate here, but it always begins with the quality of life. The abundance of natural beauty is immediately obvious. What is not apparent at first glance is the skilled work force and infrastructure we offer to businesses of all types, from small manufacturing to high-tech. Solid broadband access, technical training centers, land and commercial real estate, it’s all right here, along with an extraordinary education system that is highlighted by Lyndon Institute, an independent school that offers a challenging, comprehensive education for students in grades 9 thru 12. In addition to serving students in the Northeast Kingdom, Lyndon Institute has students who attend from all around the U.S., Canada, Asia & Europe.

A glance at a map will show you that the Lyndon area is easily accessible. Boston is three hours away by car, Montreal a two hour drive, and you’re in midtown Manhattan in five hours, if the traffic isn’t backed up on the Major Deegan Expressway. Nearby airports include Burlington International, Manchester/Boston and Trudeau in Montreal. See our Travel Tools page for more information on Traveling to the Lyndon Area.

Contact the chamber for relocation information that will be tailored to your individual needs.

The Town of Lyndon (founded in 1780) is located in Vermont's beautiful rural "Northeast Kingdom" in Caledonia County. The town is six square miles of rolling green hills and valleys on both sides of the Passumpsic River. Caledonia County encompasses 17 towns, including Lyndon, Burke (home of Burke Mountain Ski Area) and St. Johnsbury (the County Seat). Caledonia County was named to honor the Scots who settled here and developed the area. Lyndon is readily accessible from I-91 and is just 3 1/2 hours from Boston, 2 1/2 hours from Montreal and 6 hours from New York.
Population:
Lyndon's Population as of the year 2000 census was 5,448.

Climate:

As the natives here are fond of saying, "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a minute and it'll change." With four clearly defined seasons, there's usually a favorite time of year for everyone. General climatic features include: the changeable nature of the weather, a large range of temperatures, both daily and annual, and a good monthly distribution of annual precipitation. There is not really a "rainy" or "dry" season per se, and severe drought is rare. Summers are quite comfortable, with afternoon temps mostly in the mid to upper 70's and nighttime minimums of around 50. Winters are fairly cold, with a December through February normal mean of 19.7 degrees. Seasonal snowfall varies widely, with measurable snow on the ground for six weeks or longer each winter. Based on the typical occurrence of freezing, the area's growing season averages 127 days, from May 20 to September 24. These dates differ a bit year to year. The area is known for its spectacular display of fall foliage each year, which usually peaks in the end of September to the beginning of October.

Education:

The public school system includes complete facilities from kindergarten through 12th grade. Lyndon Town School (graded K-8 with approximately 500 students) is a new facility built in 1991 to consolidate four smaller schools located throughout the town. Lyndon Town School has 65 teaching staff (including Special Education and Chapter I). High Schools, accredited by the Vt. State Board of Education and the North East Assoc. of Secondary Schools and Colleges, include Lyndon Institute, St. Johnsbury Academy and Burke Mountain Academy. Lyndon Institute is a private secondary school with tuition provided by Lyndon and area town taxes. The school term usually begins in late August and ends in mid-June. Enrollment requirements include legal proof of age (usually by birth certificate), a physical exam and inoculations for polio, rubella and
Additional information may be obtained from:

Elementary:
Lyndon Town School
2591 Lily Pond Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851
802-626-3209
FAX: 802-626-5872

Riverside Day School
Laurie Boswell
30 Lily Pond Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851
Riverside is a private facility for grades K-8

Thaddeus Stevens School
PO Box 274
Lyndon Center, VT 05850
Independent School for Grades 2-8
For more information:
Director, Julie Hansen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kathy Bussiere: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caledonia North Supervisory Union
Victoria Schueffler, Superintendent
PO Box 107, Lyndonville, VT 05851
802-626-5262

Vermont Adult Education and Literacy
Debra Leach or Candy Fox
364 Railroad St., Suite 4, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-5624

Secondary:

Lyndon Institute
Daren Houck, Headmaster
PO Box 127, Lyndon Center, VT 05850
802- 626-3357
www.lyndoninstitute.org

Burke Mountain Academy
Kirk Dwyer, Headmaster
East Burke, VT 05832
802-626-5607
Burke Mt. Academy is a private ski Academy for grades 9-12
www.burkemtnacademy.org

East Burke School
Marcus Vogt, Headmaster
PO Box 228
East Burke, VT 05832
802-626-8317
www.eastburkeschool.org

Higher Education:
Lyndon State College is located in Lyndonville. Average enrollment is 1,200 students. LSC has 25 academic degree programs and 14 minors. Two and Four year programs are available, plus graduate programs in education and science education. For further information, contact:
Lyndon State College, Admissions Office
PO Box 919, Lyndonville, VT 05851
802-626-9371
www.lsc.vsc.edu

The Community College of Vermont has a branch in St. Johnsbury with excellent continuing education and adult education programs.
For further information:
Community College of Vermont
1197 Main St., Ste. 3, 79 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-6673

Libraries:

The Cobleigh Public Library on 14 Depot Street is an excellent library, community meeting and information center. The library has an on-site collection of 25,000 books and materials and an annual circulation of 43,000. Inter-library loan service is available through the Vermont Automated Library System with access to statewide databases, library catalogs and Internet. The Cobleigh Library is a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Library is very active in adult and children's programming. GED or Adult Diploma tutoring and testing are available at the library. Samuel Read Hall Library at Lyndon State College is open to Lyndon residents and has a book collection of 90,000. www.cobleighlibrary.org

Medical Services:

Lyndon is located 5 miles from Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital, a 110 bed facility. The Hitchcock Clinic is located on Industrial Park Drive in Lyndon Corner. 802-626-9246

Recreation and Culture:

Cultural events of many kinds can be found and enjoyed year-round. The Catamount Film and Art Center, Lyndon State College, Vermont Children's Theater, Fairbanks Museum, Cobleigh Public Library and other groups offer a variety of cultural activities for all ages. Powers Park in Lyndon sponsors a wide range of recreational programs, including playgrounds, swimming pools and tennis courts. Skiing is available at Lyndon Outing Club and at Burke Mt. Ski Area in East Burke. Kingdom Trails, voted Best Trail Network in North America by Bike Magazine in their annual Reader’s poll is a beautifully scenic and meticulously maintained trail network for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Other activities include: boating, hiking, golf, fishing, camping, bowling, snowmobiling, ice skating, band concerts, farmer’s markets, auctions and church suppers to name a few.

Fenton Chester Ice Arena: 802-626-9361
Lyndon Outing Club: 802-626-8465
Burke Mountain Ski Area: 802-626-7300
Catamount Film and Art Center-802-748-2600 or Toll Free 888-757-5559 www.catamountarts.org
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium-802-748-2372 www.fairbanksmuseum.org

Special Events: Band Concerts, 7 PM on Wednesdays in beautiful Bandstand Park in downtown Lyndonville June to August. Farmer’s Market on Fridays from 3 PM to 7 PM in Bandstand Park, the Stars and Stripes Festival and Parade on the third Saturday in July, Burklyn Arts Summer Craft Fair in July (and Winter Fair in December), Snowflake Festival from mid-February to early March and many other special events throughout the year.

Churches:

Several denominations offer services in the Lyndon area.
For more information contact:

Congregational Church of Lyndonville
6 Park St., Lyndonville, VT 05851
802-626-5300

Organizations:

There are several nationally affiliated civic and service groups and organizations represented in the area as are church, school and special interest groups. Check local Yellow Pages, Libraries, and/or Chamber of Commerce.

Town and Village Government:

Lyndon is governed by a Board of Selectmen elected by Town residents at the annual Town Meeting in March and an Administrative Assistant appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Village of Lyndonville (downtown business district with approximately 1,200 residents) is governed by a five member Board of Trustees elected by Village residents at the annual Village meeting in March. Residents of the Village are also Town residents. Learn more from the town's municipal website LyndonVT.org.

Economy and Employment:

The area has a diverse economy built around manufacturing; the retail, wholesale and service industries; banking; real estate; insurance; government employment (county, municipal and educational); tourism and agriculture (dairy, poultry, sheep and maple syrup). Most employment opportunities are in manufacturing, education and health care services. Logging and wood processing also contribute substantially to the economy. The 2000 Average Annual Wage in Lyndon was $26,860. The Median Household income in 2000 was $32,946.* (*Source: US Census of Population and Housing, 2000)

For current information about employment in the area, contact:

The Vermont Department of Employment and Training
38 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-3177

Northeastern Vermont Development Association
36 Eastern Ave., Suite 1, PO Box 630, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-5181 (fax) 802-748-1223
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Johnsbury Area Economic Development Office
34 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-1265 or (toll free) 888-829-1265

Taxes:

Town of Lyndon tax rate for 2013:
Lyndon Homestead $2.0108 per hundred of property valuation.
The Lyndon Non-Residential rate $2.0842 per hundred of property valuation.

Lyndonville taxes in 2012 were: Homestead $2.1948 per hundred of property valuation and Lyndonville Non-Residential was $2.2895 per hundred of property valuation. The State of Vermont collects a personal income tax from all individuals. This personal income tax is 25% of an individual's federal tax liability. All other taxes collected in the State of Vermont are related to individuals, such as auto registration ($65 per year per automobile), sales tax (6%) and a 9% rooms and meals tax.

For more information, contact:
Lyndon Town Clerk
119 Park Ave.
P.O. Box 167
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5785
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Utilities:

Electric: Electric (Lyndonville Electric Department) 802-626-3366; Prices per kilowatt varies seasonally, but Lyndonville Electric consistently has one of the lowest residential rates in the State of Vermont.
Cable (Charter Communications) 888-438-2427;
Telephone (FairPoint Communications) 866-984-2001. www.fairpoint.com
Water: Current rate for people on Lyndon town water supply is a base quarterly fee of $72.00 and $3.69 per 1,000 gallons used. Wastewater: $105 per quarter and $6.99 per 1,000 gallons used.
Refuse and Recycling: The 2013 annual rate for once a week curbside trash pickup is $160.00 (no bag limit). Free curbside recycling is available once a month or residents of Lyndon can recycle at the Northeast Kingdom Recycling Coop collection center during set weekly hours at no charge.

Housing:

The classified columns of the daily newspaper, The Caledonian-Record, are an excellent source of information about currently available housing, or you may contact area real estate agencies. The average home price (Fair Market Value) as determined by the Vermont Division of Property Valuation and Review in 1990 was $68,498.

Transportation:

Lyndon is located just off I-91. Burlington Airport is approximately 85 miles west and Manchester, NH is 2 1/2 hours south. Bus service is available locally on the RCT Shuttle. RCT has also added commuter routes to Montpelier and Burlington.
Media: The Caledonian-Record, 25 Federal St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 is a daily paper with a circulation of 11,000 daily. (802) 748-8121. Cable television is available through Charter Communications, PO Box 350, Danville, VT 05828. There are three radio stations in the immediate area, including National Public Radio.

Banks:

The Lyndon Area is serviced by several Banks, including Passumpsic Savings Bank (802) 626-9211; Citizens Savings Bank (802) 748-3131; North Country Federal Credit Union (802) 626-5054, Unionbank (802) 626-3100 and Community National Bank (802) 626-1111.

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