Pomfret is a town in Windsor County, of the "Eastern Vermont Gateway" region, and was originally called "New Pomfret" because most of the settlers came from Pomfret, Connecticut.
One of the earliest ski tows in the U.S. was established at South Pomfret in 1934 and became known as Suicide Six, with an improvised rope tow, said to be the first ski lift in the Eastern United States. Suicide Six was also the location where the first National Snow Snurfing (the original name) competition took place in 1982. Today the ski area is run by The Woodstock Inn & Resort, and is considered "one of the most family-friendly ski areas in Vermont."
Some notable people of the area include: Judah Dana, a U.S. senator for Maine; Luke S. Johnson, a leader in the Latter Day Saint movement; Lyman E. Johnson, a leader in the Latter Day Saint movement; Joe Perry, guitarist for Aerosmith; Dana Stone, a Vietnam War journalist & photographer; and William Arkin, a journalist.