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Town of Hardwick
Hardwick, a town of 3,000 population, is in the northwestern corner of Caledonia County. The township comprises about 23,040 acres and covers an area that is six miles square.
The Town of Hardwick operates under the provisions set forth in a town voter and Vermont state legislature-approved municipal charter. In the field of municipal government, the Town of Hardwick is a Town Manager form of government.
A Town elected Selectboard hires the Town Manager. The Selectboard is the board of directors, and the manager is the Chief Executive Officer who carries out the policies established by the Selectboard, to whom the Manager is responsible. The manager performs all duties prescribed by the Town Charter, required by the laws of the State of Vermont or by resolution of the Selectboard.
The Town Clerk is the elected officer of the town who attends to the general administration of the town. Of all the elected town officials, the Town Clerk is usually contacted by more people for more reasons and more often than any other municipal officer.
The Town of Hardwick had its beginning in the part of town known as Hardwick Street. The land was granted to Danforth Keyes and his associates in 1780 and chartered in1781. Settlements were attempted but it was not until 1792 that Mark Norris and his wife arrived from New Hampshire to become the first permanent settlers. In 1793 and 1794, the settlement grew to a sizeable community.
The building of the Bayley-Hazen Road facilitated growth of this area. General Bayley began this road in 1776 for the purposes of conveying troops and provisions into Canada. The project was abandoned but begun again in 1779.
The first town meeting was held at the home of Mark Norris in 1794. The town was organized in 1795. In that year, 15 votes were cast for the governor of the state.
In 1798 Samuel Stevens came to the area. He chose for his location what is now East Hardwick and built what is now known as “the Brick House.” He named this village Stevensville. By 1885, Stevensville was a thriving community, boasting two general stores, two churches, a carriage factory, a saw mill, a grist mill and several dwellings. In 1846, the first post office was established at the village, by then called North Hardwick.
The first settlement in South Hardwick or Lamoille, now Hardwick village, was made by Captain John Bridgman in 1795. The town grew rapidly from 1790 to 1860. The St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad was officially opened in 1877. Hardwick was dependent on agriculture and its location as a trade center until the opening of the quarries nearby.
Henry Mack pioneered the granite industry in 1868. With the completion of the railroad, Hardwick came prominently into the field as a shipping point. The Village of Hardwick was chartered in 1890. In 1897, the Hardwick and Woodbury railroad was completed, connecting the quarries with the town.
The granite industry reached its peak in 1911. The decline was slow. Operations continued through the 1920s and until 1934 on a small scale. The tracks of the Hardwick to Woodbury railroad were taken up for scrap metal during World War II.
Recent history has seen the Village of Hardwick merge with the town in July 1988, creating a single municipal governance system again. In 1992, a fire destroyed two buildings and damaged a third, altering Hardwick‟s Historic Main Street. The buildings were reconstructed and the downtown area continued as the economic and historic center of Hardwick. In 2006, Main Street suffered another setback as the Bemis block burned, gutting the structure. At this time, the Bemis block is under redevelopment along with many other projects and developments throughout the town.
- Town Manager's Office, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Town Clerk's Office, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Town of Hardwick
Casey Rowell/ David Upson
20 Church Street
Hardwick, VT 05843 Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 523
Hardwick, VT 05843 Phone: 802-472-6120
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