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Town of Brighton

Island Pond, Vermont

The town of Brighton is a 54-square-mile area of forest, lakes, rivers and mountains in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. It is 15 miles from the Canadian and New Hampshire borders and has one small, unchartered village named Island Pond, situated in the southwest corner of the Nulhegan Basin.

The village is located on a 600-acre lake of the same name, which is the headwaters of the Clyde River that flows westward to Lake Memphremagog in Newport. Brighton State Park is situated on Island Pond Lake and nearby Spectacle Pond. The village is the midpoint of the first international railroad that joined Montreal with Portland, Maine in 1853.

Brighton's forests, and much of the wild area to the north, are conserved and protected lands owned by state, federal and private owners.  Brighton is the gateway village providing access to these lands, as well as to the Silvio Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area 10 miles to the east. The area is known for outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, birdwatching, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

Island Pond has seen many improvements over the past few decades, including historical renovations of its train depot and town hall, the re-building of its historical foot bridge across the railroad to the Historic District, upgrades to its Public Library and Lakeshore Park and the construction of a new Welcome Center. It has recently become the home of two of the largest maple sugar enterprises in the state.

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Town of Brighton

Joel Cope
49 Mill Street Extension
Island Pond, Vermont 05846
Phone: 802-723-4753
Fax: 802-723-4405

49 Mill Street Extension

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