THE TOWN OF HYDE PARK,VERMONT (05655)
Chartered: August 27, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 24,959 Acres = 39 Square Miles [Size Rank: 143*]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 35′ W 72°37′
Altitude: 671 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2000): 2,847 [Population Rank: 60*]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 73 [Density Rank: 58*]
Government: Select Board & Town Meeting
Public Schools: Lamoille North Supervisory Union, Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, Hyde Park Elementary School, Lamoille Union High School & Lamoille Union Middle School
*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Hyde Park’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants.
ABOUT HYDE PARK,VERMONT – Estimated 2010 Population is – 2,847:
From the tree-lined historic Village to the majestic mountaintop views of nearby Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch, there is a special feeling in Hyde Park.Nestled along the banks of the beautiful Lamoille River, surrounded by Vermont’s lush Green Mountains, Hyde Park has welcomed visitors for more than two hundred years! Once the destination of the wealthy fromNew York and Boston who traveled via train to spend their summers in the country, Hyde Park has become a destination for vacationing visitors from around the globe.Located in the Lamoille River Valley in the heart of northernVermont, the region is the fastest growing in the state. The education, opportunities for entrepreneurship, superb infrastructure, and four-season natural beauty bring many to visit, and many to make their homes here.
Hyde Park, the shire town of Lamoille County, is centrally located and covers 38.7 Square miles. The town has an incorporated village, Hyde Park Village. The town abuts Eden to the north, Johnson to the west, Morristown to the south, and Wolcott to the east. It is located 35 miles from Burlington and 24 miles from Montpelier. It is home to the Green River Reservoir State Park, which is the largest non-motorized lake inVermont.
The world famous resort village of Stowe,Vermont is located just eleven miles south along the Scenic Route 100 Corridor. Nestled besideVermont’s highest peaks, Hyde Park and the surrounding region offer legendary fall foliage, spectacular skiing, stunning summers, incomparable accommodations, spas, recreation, dining, and shopping.
OF HISTORIC INTEREST
Hyde Park was another one of the grants to Revolutionary War veterans from Connecticut, and, like Elmore and Wolcott, Hyde Park was named for its principal grantee, Captain Jedediah Hyde. The Captain’s son, Jedediah Jr. and other members of the Hyde family were also named. Captain Hyde originally lived in Norwich,Connecticut, and during the Revolutionary War he served in both the army and the navy, having been at the Battle of Bunker Hill, among other engagements. About the time that Hyde Park was chartered, he and his wife moved toVermont. They lived in Pawlet and Poultney for some years before they moved on to their new town. One of their sons, Arunah Hyde, stayed in the southern part of the state and became sheriff of Castleton where the village of Hydeville derives its name from his branch of the family.
One of the most often repeated stories in town is about how Hyde Park village came to be known as “Hide Center”: Carroll S. Page,Vermont’s one-time governor (1890-92) and US Senator (1909-23), was one of the largest dealers in hides and skins in the world. During his greatest period of activity, Hyde Park became one of the major tanning centers in the country. Page himself was nick-named “Calf Skin Page,” and in turn he called his village Hide Center. Child’s 1883 Gazetteer carried a full-page advertisement that said, among other things, “Active farmer’s boys can occupy the spring months in picking up dairy skins.” A good many boys paid for their clothes and schooling with the money Page paid to “such as can give a satisfactory guaranty that funds furnished will not be misappropriated.”
Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift’s~Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History