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Why Bradford?

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, medical offices, historical society, conservation committee, library and much more.  Local banks, insurance agencies, lawyers, auto sales are some of the convenience amenities.  There is much recreation: fishing the Connecticut River, play a round of golf on the Bradford Golf Course, 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-half 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 in Bradford.

Justice of the Peace

Bradford HISTORY: -

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  I-91.svg Interstate 91, 20px-US_5.svg U.S. Route 5, 20px-Vermont_25.svg Vermont Route 25, and  20px-Vermont_25B.svg 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.


at the Bradford Academy Building!

The Town of Bradford currently has two office rooms for rent on the second floor of the Bradford Academy building (172 N. Main Street, Bradford, VT), stairs and/or elevator available.

  • Room 27- 946 sq ft with a closet area or separate working space, public restroom, $709.50 a month
The Town of Bradford offers 1–3-year leases. More information can be requested through email at or by calling 802-222-4727 ext: 204.

The Town of Bradford reserves the right to accept or reject all lease requests.
Bradford Selectboard