Prior to statehood Vermont was claimed by New Hampshire and New York. King George III, in a 1764 decree established the boundary between the two states and what is now Washington County was assigned to Albany County, New York. Vermont declared itself an independent state in 1777 and was divided into two counties. The first Washington County in Vermont was formed in 1780, but that county’s name was changed to Rutland in 1781. Jefferson County was established from parts of Chittenden County, Caledonia County, and Orange County in 1810, and in 1814 the name was changed to Washington County, after George Washington.
Washington County is in the center-north Area of Vermont, is considered part of the Barre, Vermont Micro Statistical Area, and is one of only two Vermont counties that don’t border other states or Canada. The 2010 census population was 59,534. According to the Census bureau it has 687.23 square miles of land area. The County Shire (and State Capital) is Montpelier and largest city is Barre. Court hearings for the Civil, Criminal, and Family Division of Washington County Superior Court are held at:
Washington County Court | 65 State Street | Montpelier, VT 05602 | (802) 828-2091.
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