The Town of Ferrisburgh comprises roughly 61 square miles or 39,000 acres of land in the Lake Champlain Valley. It is ranked as Vermont's ninth largest town in area. Like much of the Champlain Valley, the town's landscape is generally flat to rolling, with hilly areas, fine forestlands and extensive areas of excellent, productive agricultural soils. Ferrisburgh is well watered by the Lewis, Little Otter, Dead and Otter Creeks; it also has large areas of ecologically significant wetlands. Ferrisburgh enjoys the longest shoreline frontage of any Vermont town bordering Lake Champlain, 21 miles.
Founded in 1762, Ferrisburgh has a rich history, which is celebrated in our nationally renowned museums, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and the Rokeby Museum. Many of the earliest European settlers still have descendants living and working in town or in neighboring communities. Today the town has 2775 residents, plus a larger population of families with summer homes on the lake. Most employment lies in the cities of Burlington,15 miles north, Middlebury, 15 miles south, and Vergennes, a small vibrant town/city (population 2670) carved out of Ferrisburgh in 1783. There are still 28 operating dairy farms in Ferrisburgh, several of which are certified organic, other diversified farm businesses and some maple syrup production. Our K-6 grade school, is one of the best in the State, with teacher awards and innovative programs in science, healthy lunch programs, alternative energy, composting and recycling.
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