Rutland, Vermont

Rutland is located in the western part and is the third largest city in the U.S. State of Vermont. Marble City. Rutland is a tourist center located near many lakes and ski areas with thousands of visitors annually. Over 100 buildings in downtown are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Rutland is a great small town-city to live and work in and the city offers a wide variety of arts, art events, and workshops.

To See And To Do In Rutland

  • Rutland Downtown Historic District
  • The Plaza Shopping Area
  • Paramount Theater
  • Crowley Cheese
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Hathaway Farm
  • Skiing
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Golf At Rutland Country Club

History Of Rutland - Timeline

In 1730, the first description of the area was recorded in the journal of James Cross, a fur trader. In 1761, Rutland was chartered as a Town. In 1763, the colonial governor of New Hampshire named the area after John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland, an English nobleman who had represented Rutland in The House of Commons, the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

In 1770, the settler John Mead and his wife and ten children built a gristmill and sawmill. In 1774, thirty-five families lived in the town. In 1775, Fort Rutland was built. In 1778, the town was the headquarters for state troops during the American Revolution. In 1792, a Courthouse was built. In 1794, the newspaper the Rutland Herald started.

In 1824, Bank of Rutland was chartered. In 1826, Martin Henry Freeman was born in Rutland. He became the first black college president in the U.S. In 1829, the Rutland Fire Society was organized. In 1830, a deposit of high-quality nearly solid marble was found. In 1840, marble quarrying was an important economic activity.

In 1846, the first Rutland fair took place. In 1849, the first train arrived in Rutland. In 1855, Rutland High School was established. In 1882, the Mount Saint Joseph Academy, a Roman Catholic high school, was established. In 1885, a horse-drawn trolley looped around the north and south Rutland. In 1886, the Rutland Free Library started.

In 1892, Rutland was incorporated as a City. In 1894, the horse-drawn trolley was replaced by the electric trolley. In 1896, the Rutland Regional Medical Center was founded. In 1894, over 130 people got polio and 7 died.

In 1900, about 11,500 people lived in the city. In 1913, the Playhouse theatre was built. In 1930, the radio station WSYB started. In 1931, the Playhouse theatre was renamed The Paramount. In 1960, the first Rutland Halloween Parade took place.