The City of Newport is located in the "Northeast Kingdom" region of Vermont, on the Canadian Border. It is a four-season resort area on the southern port of Lake Memphremagog, in Orleans County, Vermont. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 5,005. The city contains the largest population of any government in the county, yet encompasses the smallest area.
A Little History of Newport, Vermont
Between 1936 and 1953, the International Club in Newport had the largest dance floor in New England, capable of holding 2,000 dancers. Various performers stopped to entertain while enroute between Boston and Montreal on the railroad. These included: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, Les Brown, Cab Calloway, Rosemary Clooney, the Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy and Tommy; Stan Kenton, Kay Kyser, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Tony Pastor, and Louis Prima.
Things to do in Newport, Vermont
There is plenty to do all year round. You can ski at Jay Peak (20-25 minutes), snowmobile on VAST trails, sail or motorboat to Canada for dinner. Enjoy concerts at the Gateway Center Building on the Waterfront in the summer. Stroll through our parks and enjoy beautiful sunsets over the lake.
Memphre, Sea Serpent of Lake Memphremagog
Reports of a mysterious creature in the waters of Lake Memphremagog on the Vermont-Quebec border date back to the 18th century. Officially dubbed Memphre, the Lake Memphremagog Monster has been spotted more than 200 times over the years, but its true identity remains a mystery.
Birthplace of: Charles Francis Adams (1876-1947), first owner of the Boston Bruins ice hockey team; Lane Dwinell (1906-1997), 69th governor of New Hampshire; Duane Graveline (born 1931), astronaut; Winston L. Prouty (1906-1971), US Senator; George H. Prouty (1862-1918), 52nd governor of Vermont.
Family fun to be had by all; ice fishing, a sportsman’s dinner and an awards ceremony. This event is designed to promote the ice fishing and outdoor opportunities in the Northeast Kingdom and to generate business for our sponsors during the derby. $50,000 in prizes are awarded. A time for friends to get together and have a little healthy competition along with some fun as well. All competitors can choose to either keep their fish or donate them to the dinner hosted by Wright’s Sports Shop