Townshend Vermont

Town Hall - Townshend, Vermont

Town Hall – Townshend, Vermont[a]

Townshend Vermont is a small town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The town was named for the Townshend family, powerful figures in British politics.[3] The population was 1,232 at the 2010 census. Townsend is located approximately 5 miles north of Newfane on State Route 30.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.8 square miles (110.8 km2), of which 42.7 square miles (110.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.14%) is water. The West River flows through the town.[4]


Town center and First Congregational Church - Townshend, Vermont

Town center and First Congregational Church – Townshend, Vermont[b]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 1,232 people, 574 households, and 325 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.9 people per square mile (10.4/km2). There were 784 housing units at an average density of 18.4 per square mile (6.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.3% White, 1.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 574 households out of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 32.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.3% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 20 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 34.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.8 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,731, and the median income for a family was $80,625. Males had a median income of $48,393 versus $42,361 for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,006. About 4.7% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Townshend Lake and Dam, Townshend, VT [a]

Townshend Lake and Dam, Townshend, VT [c]

Notable people

Popular Culture

H. P. Lovecraft’s story “The Whisperer in Darkness” is set near Townshend.

Funny Farm with Chevy Chase was filmed in Townshend. The film crew accidentally killed all but one of the trees on the Townshend Common when they colored the leaves to make it look as if it was mid-autumn, resulting in the re-planting of the trees. Today, the one tree that survived the damage sits in the middle of the Common, surrounded by much shorter, newer trees.

Jodi Picoult’s novel House Rules is set in Townshend.

The band Phish played a three-set show with Giant Country Horns in Townshend at the Family Park on July 14, 1991.

Further reading

  • A Stitch In Time : Townshend, Vermont, 1753-2003 by Castle Freeman, Jr., published 2003 by the Townshend Historical Society[7]


  1. “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau.
  2. “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25.
  3. “Profile for Townshend, Vermont”.
  4. DeLorme (1996). Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-016-9
  6. Jimmy G. Shoalmire, Carpetbagger Extraordinary: Marshall Harvey Twitchell, 1840-1905,” unpublished dissertation, Mississippi State University at Starkville, Mississippi, 1969

Photo Credits

  1. By Daderot (Own work) [CC0 – Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  2. By VTviking (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  3. By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, photographer not specified or unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Header Image: By VTviking (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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