In the 1600’s and early 1700's Vermont was claimed both by New Hampshire and New York. On July 20, 1764, King George III in his decree established the boundary between the two states and what is now Franklin County became part of Albany County, New York. In 1777 Vermont established itself as an independent state, divided into two counties: Bennington in the west; and Unity (later changed to Cumberland) in the east. These counties were divided and subdivided over the next fifteen years, with Chittenden County created in 1787. Vermont became the 14th State in 1791, and Franklin County was established from part of Chittenden County on November 5, 1792.
Franklin County is in the Northwest corner of Vermont, borders Quebec, and is considered part of the Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2010 census population was 47,746. According to the Census bureau it has 633.71 square miles of land area. The county shire (county seat) and largest city is St. Albans. Criminal, Civil, and Family Division court hearings are held at:
Franklin County Court | 17 Church Street | St. Albans, VT 05478 | (802) 524-7993.
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