Whether you are looking to move to Bradford Vermont or just passing through, you will be delightfully surprised by the activity in this quaint Vermont town. Bradford Village has an abundance of wonderful eateries, a hardware store, a large supermarket, plus smaller convenience stores. It is a perfect marriage of rural village life and internet connectivity allowing for business to have a presence on the world stage if desired. With pristine vistas of the Connecticut River, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and open farmlands you will settle right in to our little town in a big way. We have an active community with several churches & parks, an active parks & recreation, historical society, conservation committee, library and much more. A local bank, insurance agencies, lawyers, auto sales are some of the convenience amenities. There is much to do for recreation of fishing the Connecticut River, play a round of golf on the Bradford Golf Course right in town, auto racing at Bear Ridge Dirt Track, winter skating or picnicking at Elizabeth Park or sports fields at the Oxbow High School. Bradford has local professional health services and is less than one hour to prominent Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Vermont Interstate I-91 goes north to south the length of Vermont which makes traveling to Boston, New York City or Canada very accessible and Bradford is just off Exit 16. So stop in, walk our streets or stroll down by the water…come in to the Bradford Academy Municipal Offices for more information….we hope you find our friendly vibrant town a place where you would consider putting roots down.
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The first settler was John Hosmer in 1765. Originally called Waits Town or Waits River Town after Joseph Wait, it was changed to Mooretown. In 1788, the name was changed by the Vermont General Assembly to Bradford.
Although the chief occupation of the town was farming, mills developed at falls on the Waits River. On October 10, 1848, the Connecticut & Passumpsic Rivers Railroad formally opened to Bradford. By 1859, when the town’s population was 1,723, industries included a foundry and machine shop, two gristmills, three sawmills, a paper mill and whetstone factory. Bradford also manufactured farm implements, wooden ware and tinware. Today, many commute to outside jobs, but there is still a pull for the entrepreneur, small business owner, agricultural, and artisans to continue to embrace the freedom and independence we are built on over 250 years. The internet opens up opportunities to pursue this lifestyle.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.9 square miles (77.4 km2), of which 29.8 square miles (77.2 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.20%) is water. The Waits River flows through Bradford to its confluence with the Connecticut River, which forms the eastern boundary of the town. The town is crossed by Interstate 91, U.S. Route 5, Vermont Route 25, and Vermont Route 25B. It is bordered by the towns of Newbury to the north, West Fairlee and Fairlee to the south, and Corinth to the west. Piermont, New Hampshire lies across the Connecticut River to the east.