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Greensboro, Vermont

Greensboro is a small town situated in southern Orleans County, in the US state of Vermont. The town is characterized by farms, forests, open land, and lakes, and it hosts many communities such as Campbells Corners, Gebbie Corner, Greensboro Four Corners, Greensboro Bend, and Burlington Point. Impressively, the central village of Greensboro and Greensboro Bend have been recognized as census-designated places.

Geography And Climate of Greensboro

Aerial view of Greensboro, Vermont with Caspian Lake in the background
Aerial view of Greensboro, Vermont with Caspian Lake in the background. Image Credit: Jared Benedict via Wikimedia Commons

Greensboro is the southernmost town situated in Vermont's Orleans County, covering a total area of 39.4 square miles, of which 37.8 square miles are occupied by land, and 1.6 square miles are covered by water. Greensboro is surrounded by many local small towns like Gebbie Corner, Campbells Corner, East Craftsbury, and Tolman. Moreover, the town is only 87 miles away from major cities in Canada like Montreal and Laval. The town is home to Caspian Lake and the majority of Eligo Pond, which is also referred to as Lake Eligo.

The climate in Greensboro is humid continental, with warm and muggy summers and very cold, snowy winters, with cloudy skies throughout the year. Moreover, the temperature usually varies between -1 °C and 31 °C and is rarely below -8 °C or above 34 °C. For tourists, the best time to visit Greensboro for warm-weather activities is between May and June and between August and October.

Brief History Of Greensboro

Greensboro Town Hall, Greensboro, Vermont
Greensboro Town Hall, Greensboro, Vermont. Image Credit: Magicpiano via Wikimedia Commons

Greensboro's history started with the establishment of the Bayley-Hazen military road, which was requested by George Washington in 1776 for an expected invasion of Canada. By 1779, the road had stretched to Greensboro and continued through to Montgomery before abandoning the project. Blockhouses, like the one at Greensboro, were created with the aim of protection. Due to the Indian raids on Peacham in 1781, four scouts were sent to bloke the blockhouse around the southwest corner of Caspian Lake. The scouts were stopped by Indians, who murdered two of the scouts and took the other two to Quebec to be later traded against some Indian prisoners in Vermont. Later on, in 1781, Greensboro was incorporated as a town that was named after Timothy Green, who was one of the initial charter recipients and an original landowner within the charter. Moreover, the town contributed to the Civil War by sending many local soldiers to battles, where eight prisoners of war originated from Greensboro.

The Population And Economy Of Greensboro

As per the latest US Census, the population of the town of Greensboro is estimated to be around 811 residents only. Where 92.80% of Greensboro residents were born in the United States, and 24.80% had been born in Vermont. However, 7.20% of residents are not US citizens, with the largest percentage of them originating from Oceania.

The economy in Greensboro relies on many services that are the main contributors to its structure. With wholesale and retail rade being the most dominant businesses in the town, educational services and manufacturing come next to support the market. From another business perspective, the average annual income of a Greensboro resident is $28,530, which is almost the average income of a US resident in general. This income undergoes a 6% sales tax and a 6.8% income tax.

Top Attractions In Greensboro

Caspian Lake Beach.

Caspian lake is a beautiful glacial freshwater lake hidden between Route 14 and 16, in Greensboro, and stretching over 789-acres. It is considered to be one of the cleanest of the Vermont lakes, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and swimming, with a maximum depth of 142 feet. The lake featured a public beach , as well as cottages that are privately owned.

Long Pond Natural Area.

The Long Pond Natural Area covers 767 acres, with 99-acre of them consist of undeveloped pond, offering stunning views of the northern white cedar swamp that is located at the south edge of the pond. The area features activities like paddling in the pond, as well as hiking in the forest that surrounds it. Moreover, the visitors will have the chance to spot some animals like the common loon, osprey, mink or river otter.

In addition to the above attractions, Greensboro offers a lost of natural attractions like the Paddock Hill, and Lake Eligo, and Greensboro Willey Beach Park. Moreover, the town ensures to host many intesresting and active events in theirHighland Center of Arts.

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