Moretown Town Hall // 1835

The township of Moretown, Vermont was chartered on June 7, 1763 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. The original charter contained approximately 23,040 acres of land to be divided into about 65 shares of proprietors. Active settlement did not occur until after the Revolutionary War with early buildings constructed on the Winooski River (the northern boundary of the town) and subsequent development along the Mad River (which cuts through the middle of town). Saw and grist mills were built and the town developed as a rural farming and industrial community on the rivers. The Moretown Town Hall was erected in 1835 in the Greek Revival style. It has a pedimented portico with Doric columns that support a large pedimented gable peak in imitation of a Greek temple. Like most buildings in the Mad River Valley, the building is unapologetically Vernacular which means it relies on local materials, local builders, and not on architect-designed finishes. This is an aspect of Vermont architecture that makes the state so charming.

2 thoughts on “Moretown Town Hall // 1835

  1. robsquire1628 April 20, 2023 / 8:49 am

    Thank you buildings of New England for coming to Vermont. I love your blog posts are the best things I get in my email each day.

    While you are in Vermont, I’d like to recommend that you visit downtown Barrie, Vermont. The architecture there from the turn of the last century is fascinating.

    In addition, as a resident of Montpelier, I am happy to point out other places of interest for you and your readers.

    Please feel free to contact me.

    ManyThanks for the work you do.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Buildings of New England April 20, 2023 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I try and get to all parts of New England, but getting to Vermont from Boston can be a little tough in winter. This trip, I got to visit Moretown, Duxbury, and Waterbury, VT. More to come!


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