In 1759 Col. Ephraim Doolittle and his detachment under General Amherst (in the French and Indian War) were ordered to cut a corduroy road from Fort #4 in Charlestown, NH to the shore of Lake Champlain across from the fort at Crown Point, NY. When they got over toward the Lake, they thought the ground looked fertile and the rolling hills would be perfect for a settlement. Doolittle went back to Worcester, MA, his hometown, and got investors to put up money for a town charter. The land was to be divided among the grantees (investors) along with

“ share reserved for the Incorporation for the propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts; one share for the Glebe for the Church of England; one share for the first settled minister of the Gospel; and one share for the benefit of a school in said town.”

He had enough for two charters which were obtained on Oct. 8, 1761—Bridport and Shoreham. (The original charter can be seen in the Town Clerk’s office.) Click to read more...



Sales to benefit Historical Society projects

They sell several books and pamphlets and are selling Shoreham caps as a fundraiser for the restoration of Newton Academy. Contact Sue MacIntire about purchasing any of the following,
or stop by the Town Clerk’s where most are also available.


History of the Town of Shoreham, Vermont Rev. Josiah F. Goodhue, published by the town 1861 (reprint)   $10
Shoreham The Town and Its People Shoreham Historical Society, 1988   $12
The History of Architecture of Shoreham Vermont Division of Historic Preservation   $5
A Genealogical Register of the Early Families of Shoreham, Vermont MacIntire & Witherell, Vol. 2 pub. 1992   $25
Shoreham Notecards—8 cards, 4 Shoreham designs   $4
Shoreham baseball caps with apple tree logo and name available in navy with stone trim and stone with navy trim   $12


Historical Society Meetings

Meetings are open to interested individuals and are held the first Wednesday of the month (except Jan. & Feb.) at the old stone schoolhouse on Rte.22A, across from the phone company, at 7PM. Check the Calendar for changes and links to the month’s agenda & speaker.




The Shoreham Historical Society

The Society has a website maintained by a member in Colorado and always has several projects going on.
See below for meeting info, and sale items to benefit their projects.