Lamoille County, VT
Farming Production in 1870
Most of the county is an uncommonly fine farming territory,
with a soil varying from clay and gravel to the finest alluvial deposits,
and well adapted to grazing purposes and the manufacture of butter and
cheese. Considerable attention is also given to raising fine bred horses and
cattle. As the soil, etc , will be found more particularly mentioned in
connection with the several town sketches, we will, at this point, only give
some idea of the extent of the products by the following statistics, taken
from the census reports of 1870. During that year there were 106,638 acres
of improved land in the county, while the farms were valued at $5,675,180.00
and produced 18,257 bushels of wheat, 2,740 bushels of rye, 61,836 bushels
of Indian corn, 168,103 bushels of oats, 2,977 bushels of barley, 20,224
bushels of buckwheat, and 333,185 bushels of potatoes. There were also 2,703
horses, 8,886 milch cows, 1,375 working oxen, 9,377 sheep, and 2,480 hogs.
From the milk of the cows was manufactured 984,378 pounds of butter, and
39,199 pounds of cheese, while the sheep yielded 50,022 pounds of wool.
An Agricultural Society was organized at an early date, and has been
continued in various forms since, though it has nearly dwindled out several
times. In 1872, it was reorganized as the Lamoille Valley Fair Ground
Company, with R. R. Waite, of Stowe, president; Alger Jones, of Wolcott,.
treasurer; and A. A. Niles, of Morrisville, clerk. The fair ground is
situated in Morristown, and is one of the best located and finest arranged
in the State. The present officers of the society are as follows: Hon.
George W. Hendee, of Morrisville, president; W. S. Pond, of Eden,
vice-president; H. D. W. Doty, of Hyde Park, treasurer; and A. A. Niles, of
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Lamoille Co., VT
Lamoille Co., VT