Newport is a city in and the
shire town (county seat) of Orleans County, Vermont, United States.
of the 2000 census
city population was 5,005. The city contains the largest population
of any government in the county, yet encompasses the smallest
the Abenakis brought the ransomed John Stark down Lake
Memphremagog and came ashore where Newport is now.
traveled southeast to his home in New
Rogers' Rangers were forced to retreat
through the county following their attack on Saint-Francis, Quebec in 1759.
Bird's-eye view in c.
To confound their avenging
pursuers, they split up on the east shore of Lake Memphremagog. One
group followed the Clyde River
Another followed the Barton River
The village was first called Pickeral Point, but later renamed Lake
Bridge for its location at the head of Lake Memphremagog.
In the early 1800s, the women of pioneer Calvin Arnold's household,
refused to live in the Arnold house near what is now Clyde Pond,
because of depredations by the Indians
In 1816, part of the former town of Salem, was annexed to Newport
town, and is now part of the city.
In 1868, the Lake Bridge settlement was incorporated as the Village
It became a busy lumber
town. The firm of
Prouty & Miller, a lumbering
started in 1865. With the end of the lumbering concentration in
Vermont, it went out of business in the 1980s.
Railroad Station and steamboat
Lady of the Lake
The Lady of the Lake steam
started operating in 1867. It stopped
operations in 1917. This is used as Newport's logo.
In 1868, a livery stable
ultimately grow to 100 horses, started operating behind a hotel,
several blocks from the railway station.
The Newport Wharf Light was a tower built on Lake Memphremagog in
1879. It has since been demolished.
The current county courthouse was built in 1886. That was the year
that the legislature moved the shire town here.
By the late 1800s, the Boston & Maine
and Central Vermont railroads
were routed through Lake Bridge and the
small village experienced a population boom.
now-historic Goodrich Memorial
Library was built in 1899.In 1917, the city of
Newport was formed from portions of the towns of Newport (former village of Newport) and Derby
(former village of West Derby).
It was organized on March 5
Main Street in c.
The current federal courthouse was built in 1904. Then, it included
the post office.
In 1917, the city paved Main Street. By 1930, 4,000 motor vehicles
a day, during the summer, traveled the street.
In August 1942, a single-engined Royal Canadian Air Force
plane crashed into the lake near the west shore near the city,
killing the only occupant, the pilot.
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
These included: Louis
, Charlie Barnet
, Cab Calloway
, Rosemary Clooney
, the Dorsey Brothers,
; Stan Kenton
, Glenn Miller
, Tony Pastor
, and Louis Prima
From its founding, Newport's population plateaued around 5,000
people until 1950 when it started dropping. It reached bottom in
1990 at 4,434. In 2000 it still had not reached its 1950 high which
was 5,217. In 2003, the Newport-headquartered Citizens Utility was
sold and divided up among Great Bay Hydro and Vermont Electric
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
7.6 square miles
), of which,
6.0 square miles (15.6 km2
) of it is land and
1.6 square miles (4.1 km2
) of it (20.87%) is
city surrounds the southern shore of Lake
Three of the four major rivers in the
county empty into the lake here: the Clyde
, and the Black
borders the towns of Coventry to the south, Newport to the west, and Derby to the north
As of the census
of 2000, there were 5,005
people, 2,086 households, and 1,191 families residing in the city.
The population density
people per square mile (320.5/km2
). There were 2,342
housing units at an average density of 388.4/sq mi
). The racial makeup of the city was 96.14%
, 0.76% Black
or African American
, 0.62% Native American
, 0.22% from other races
, and 1.64% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.28%
of the population.
There were 2,086 households out of which 26.6% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples
living together, 12.6% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families.
35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age
of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to
64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,544, and the
median income for a family was $34,922. Males had a median income
of $33,810 versus $19,787 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$20,054. About 13.0% of families and 18.2% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 25.4%
of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
The per capita income is the highest in Orleans County. The income
ranks it 108 out of 282 census areas in Vermont.
Poulin Grain ships its farm feed products to customers in New
England and upstate New York. It employs about 50 workers. The
plant is producing feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Vermont Teddy Bear Company has a plant within the city.
A Columbia Forest Products
employs about 100 workers.
There is a call center employing 120 people.
An local subsidiary of an international ski clothing
employs 30 workers.
Municipal offices are located in the former National Guard Armory,
222 Main Street, Newport.
Elected government consists of 4 aldermen with staggered two years
terms and a mayor.
The city has a paid staff for tax assessment/zoning administrator,
public works department, police, fire, recreation and parks, city
attorney, and harbor master.
There are decision-making boards which are filled by unpaid
appointees: planning commission (5 people, three year terms),
harbor commission (5 people, two year terms),development review
board (nine people, three year terms), and a recreation
There are normal officers for Vermont cities and sometimes towns,
except they are appointed for cities: Delinquent tax collector,
town service officer, animal control, health officer, tree warden,
weigher of coal, inspector of wood and shingles, representative to
NVDA (Northeastern Vermont Development Association) board,
representative to EDC board (Vermont Economic Development
Authority), and Fence Viewers
- Budget (proposed 2007-208) - $2,479,193
The city is governed under the mayor-council system
. Its mayor is
Paul Monette, and the council is composed of Richard Baraw, Tim de
la Bruere, Dennis Chenette, and John Wilson. The city
clerk/treasurer is James D. Johnson, and the city manager
is John O. Ward.
|Mayors of Newport,
- Curtis S. Emery 1918-1919
- Janes T. Gardner 1919-1921
- Ernest W. Savage 1921-1922
- William C. Lindsay 1922-1925
- Tom C. Camp 1925-1926
- J.E.McCarten 1926-1931
- F.D. Burns 1931-1932
- R.W.H. Davis 1932-1933
- H.W. Fairbrother 1933-1934
- John M. Bradley 1934-1938
- Winston L. Prouty 1938-1941
- O.S. Searles 1941-1945
- R.E. Blake 1945-1947
- L.H. McIver 1947
- P.J. Moore 1947-1949
- F.B. Crawford 1949-1952
- R.E. Blake 1952-1953
- F.L. Jenne 1953-1955
- J.W. Natole 1955-1960
- F.P. Davis 1960-1962
- E.W. Logan 1962-1965
- M.H. Carter 1965-1967
- K.M. Frawley 1967-1968
- Paul Bouffard 1968-1969
- C.G. Schuman, Jr. 1969-1971
- F.H. Spates 1971-1974
- Augustus Parsons 1974-1976
- William V. Caputo 1976-1980
- Kenneth W. Magoon 1980-1982
- Betty-Jane Durkee 1982-1985, the first woman mayor
- Michael Bresette 1985-1987
- Charles Pronto 1987-1991
- Douglas B. Spates 1991-1993
- Karin Zisselsberger 1993-1999
- Richard M. Baraw 2003-2005
- Elwood "Woody" Guyette 2005-present
Fifty-four percent of those registered, voted in the 2008 general
election. This was the lowest turnout in the county.
Newport hosts the Northern State Correctional
, the Newport Court and Reparative Services, and the
Vermont Correctional Industries.
North Country Hospital
located in the city.
Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice
employs 100 people
The Northeast Kingdom
aids mental health needs.
A commercial ice fishing derby
has been held in February since
The only Soap Box Derby
in Vermont is
held in the city annually. The winner represents the state in the
Newport has two public schools: an elementary school, Newport City
Elementary, and a high school, North Country Union High
. There is one private school, the United Christian
Academy. It was formerly home to Sacred Heart School in the
Burlington Roman Catholic Diocese School District, but closed in
fall of 2007.
The city has a school board that governs the operation of Newport
School Board directors include Lisa Kincaid, Leo Willey (chair),
Deborah Cogan, Corinna Lancaster and Marcy Miller.
The budget for the Newport City Elementary School was $4,435,765 in
In addition, the city belongs to North Country Supervisory
with members from nearby towns. They operate the North Country Union High
and the North Country Union Junior High School. The
supervisor hired by this union board supervises the town school, as
well as the union schools.
- Member, North Country Union High School Board - Tim DelaBruere
(2010), Richard Cartee (2008) and James Privee (2009)
Newport is home to a branch of the Community College of Vermont
which enrolls nearly 300 students. It awards an Associate's Degree
Route 5 - connecting Coventry to the
south, Derby to the north and east
- VT Route 14
- connecting the Town of Coventry
- VT Route
100 - connecting the Town of Newport
- VT Route
105 - connecting the Town of Newport (concurrent with route
100, and the town of Derby (concurrent with route 191)
- VT Route
191 - "Access Road", connects I-91, Exit 27, to the city of
The city has six stoplights, which is most of the stoplights in the
county. Five are on Route 5.
Local community public and private transportation
The RCT (Rural Community
), a non-profit organization, runs out of Saint
Johnsbury and services Caledonia and two other counties, including
Orleans. For general use, there are four buses north and south
during the week from west Newport city to Derby, and two buses each
way on Saturday. The fare is US 25 cents.
(known by the reporting
WACR) - In 2007 WACR was awarded a 30 year contract by the
State of Vermont to operate the rail line between White River
Junction and Newport. Today the only regular service on this line
is freight traffic.
Montreal, Maine and
Atlantic Railway (known by the reporting mark MMA) - The MMA operates the
line running northwest through North Troy and eventually on to
interchanges freight traffic with the WACR at Newport yard, just
south of town.
line, which was part of the Quebec Central Railway, once ran
east of Lake Memphremagog up to Lennoxville,
Quebec, but it has been abandoned and the right-of-way has
been converted into a mixed-use bicycle and walking
The city is served by the Newport State Airport. It contains two
runways of 4000 feet each 05-23, and 18-36.
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- Lighthouses at Lighthouse Depot ... Lighthouse
Explorer Database ... Newport Wharf Light
- Historic marker #9, Newport, Vermont
- Goodrich Memorial Library website
- Historic marker #9, Newport, Vermont
- Historic marker #9, Newport, Vermont
- Poulin Grain - Dealer Locator
- Vermont Business Magazine
- Career Opportunities
- the Chronicle, September 3, 2008, page 11, "We're on a real
growth path right now"
- Newport, Vermont
- Newport City Council, Newport, 2007. Accessed
- City Clerk/Treasurer, Newport, 2008. Accessed
- City Manager, Newport, 2007. Accessed 2009-03-26.
- The Chronicle, July 1, 2009, page 21, "Mosholder takes top spot
in derby," Dr. Turcotte
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Bigfoot,The Chronicle,February 14, 2007, page 1