GENERAL INFORMATION / History
The original town Charter provided that the
town would contain approximately 26,000 acres, but the boundaries
already established by surrounding towns left St. George with only
2,200 acres. The Town of Shelburne contributed approximately
100 additional acres in 1848 but St. George still remains the smallest
municipality in Vermont at 2,304 acres.
St. George remained a
largely agricultural town for 200 years. In 1958 there were
half dozen farms operating in the town. Beginning in the
1960’s, however, St. George entered a time of rapid growth with the
highest rate of growth in Chittenden County.
Several major developments
in the town were St. George Estates and Rocky Ridge Estates, which
together added approximately 40 homes. They soon were
followed by the development of a large mobile home park on Route
2A. Development also occurred on both sides of the Mt.
Pritchard ridge as well as an additional development known as “The
Forest”. St. George has evolved into a bedroom community for
the larger towns of Burlington and Williston.
Interested in reading a research paper about the Town of St. George?
Caplan, a University of Vermont student, wrote an essay about the Town of St. George: 2012 Caplan Essay - Town of St. George
Historic Map of St.
George and Williston
For additional historical
information, pick up a copy of Chittenden County Historical Society's
booklet, “Look Around St. George and Shelburne, Vermont” available for
sale at the St. George town office.