Addison County & Middlebury, VT, Travel Guide & Information | Discovery Map


Tracing the History of Addison County and Middlebury

Situated in western Vermont about midway within the state, Addison County and Middlebury, its county seat, boast a rich history, some of which dates as far back as the seventeenth century. Sandwiched between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont, its location proved particularly strategic during the early history of America. Today this geographic emplacement between two old mountain ranges adds immensely to the experience here whether you’re recreating or just enjoying the scenery from the seat of your car.

The Iroquois first inhabited this land and then the Europeans began to arrive in the early part of the 1600s. Lake Champlain, the 107-mile freshwater lake that borders Addison County to the west, facilitated transportation in these parts throughout the centuries. From trappers arriving from Canada to the colonists traveling these waters in an attempt to defeat the British during the Revolutionary War, Lake Champlain has long played a pivotal role in forming the history of the area.

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