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History of Lyndon

The settlement was begun in 1788, and the town was organized July 4th, 1791. In the summer of 1780 a committee of three, representing about fifty enterprising citizens of Providence, R. I., came to Vermont to select from ungranted lands, territory for a township. Following up the Connecticut and Passumpsic rivers, they climbed a conical hill southeast of what is now known as the “corner village” and from that eminence selected the location of Lyndon. The town was named Lyndon in honor of the oldest son of Hon. Jonathan Arnold, the first grantee. A large number of the early settlers came from Rhode Island.

Great falls and Little falls are on the Passumpsic river here. In the Great falls the water descends about sixty-five feet in a distance of thirty rods. Pretty pond is situated in the western part of the town. Several streams contain trout.

Theodore N. Vail, head of the American Telegraph & Telephone Company and of the Western Union Telegraph Company, one of the great captains of industry of the United States, has established a beautiful home near Lyndonville. Here he operates a large farm on scientific principles, and here he has established the Lyndon Agricultural school, which is doing excellent work in teaching Vermont boys the principles of modern scientific agriculture.

At Lyndonville, the largest village in town, is located the railroad shops and division headquarters of the Boston & Maine railroad.

This town has furnished three Vermont congressmen, Thomas Bartlett, Jr., William Cahoon, and Isaac Fletcher. A monument as been erected at Lyndon Ceneter to Revolutionary soldiers and officers.