Middlesex, Vermont is a town in Washington County located northwest of Montpelier, and southeast of Waterbury, Vermont.
Through most of the nineteenth century and well into the mid-twentieth century, the primary economic activity was farming. Dairy farming, sheep herding (for wool), logging, orchards and maple sugaring have all been part of the town's economy. Following the end of World War II, the town slowly transitioned to becoming a place to live for people who worked elsewhere, mostly in Montpelier.
Some notable resident of Middlesex, Vermont include: Patrick Leahy, senior US Senator from Vermont; Scudder Parker, former state Senator and 2006 Demogratic nominee for Governor; Anthony Pollina, serial candidate for Governor; and Robert M. Fisher, 1928-2007, artist.
The Vermont State Archives & Records Administration invites the public to celebrate American Archives Month with them on Thursday, October 25th for a special program. Vermont is the traditional homeland of the Abenaki people, and current conversations about indigenous Vermont focus on Abenaki persistence on the land. This presentation by cultural historian Jill Mudgett tells another story about indigeneity in Vermont by focusing on a man from southern New England who arrived in Vermont during the late nineteenth century and was then murdered in the Vermont woods. Surviving archival documents of the murder and subsequent trial not only tell us what white Vermonters thought about indigeneity, but reveal much about Native agency, mobility, and presence on the land. Doors open at 5:00pm for a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and a special exhibit, directly followed by the presentation at 6:00pm. The address is 1078 US Route 2 in Middlesex, just behind the State Police barracks. Free and open to the public; no registration required. Questions? Contact us as firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 828-2308.