Pownal, Vermont


Pownal, Vermont

Town

Former Country Store

Pownal, Vermont

Pownal, Vermont

Location in the United States

Coordinates: 42°48′N 73°13′W / 42.800°N 73.217°W / 42.800; -73.217Coordinates: 42°48′N 73°13′W / 42.800°N 73.217°W / 42.800; -73.217

Country
United States

State
Vermont

County
Bennington

Area

 • Total
46.7 sq mi (121.0 km2)

 • Land
46.4 sq mi (120.3 km2)

 • Water
0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)

Elevation
1,398 ft (426 m)

Population (2010)

 • Total
3,527

 • Density
76/sq mi (29.3/km2)

Time zone
Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

 • Summer (DST)
EDT (UTC-4)

ZIP code
05261

Area code
802

FIPS code
50-57025[1]

GNIS feature ID
1462179[2]

Website
www.townofpownal.com

Pownal is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 3,527.[3] The town of Pownal includes the villages of Pownal, North Pownal, and Pownal Center.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Green Mountain Race Track
1.2 Camp Ilium

2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Notable people
5 Climate
6 References
7 External links

History[edit]

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During the Woodland period, the area was settled by the Mahican people, with others, such as the Mohawks, traveling across it. By the late 17th century, Europeans may have entered the area as a result of the establishment of the Dutch patroonship owned by Kiliaen van Rensselaer, the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, which extended west and east out of Albany and the fur trading community of Beverwyck. The southwestern corner of Pownal was part of the patroonship.[citation needed] Rensselaerswyck passed into English control in 1664. The first European settlers may have entered the area in the 1730s.[4] Those settlers may have been Dutch or other Europeans who leased land within Rensselaerwyck. On January 28, 1760, New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth chartered Pownal, which he named after his fellow royal governor, Thomas Pownall of the Province of Massachusetts Bay.[5]
Thereafter, settlers, primarily of English descent, began to arrive from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Isl