is situated in a lovely valley along the winding Lamoille
River and nestled among the mountain ranges of the Worcesters
and the Green Mountains. The famous Long Trail traverses
the mountain ranges located here. The Lamoille River flows
through the town, first settled by Jacob Walker in 1790.
Morristown's land mass covers 34,176 acres or 50 square
miles, and the population is over 5,000 people. The town
is located 45 miles northeast of Burlington, Vermont's
largest city; 30 miles northwest of Montpelier, the State
Capital; and 10 miles north of Stowe, the Ski Capital
of the East.
Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, lies in the northwest
side in the town of Stowe. The presence of the river and
topography meant that sawmills played an important part
in the town's early development, and although lumber and
wood products still provide sources of income for residents,
they no longer are key to the town's economy. Nowadays,
a rich diversity of business and commerce thrives there,
as well as agriculture.
Lamoille Valley Region is Vermont's fastest-growing area.
And it's no wonder. Here, at the junction of U.S. Routes
15 (which runs east and west) and 100 (running north and
south), is staggering natural beauty, a thriving economy
and easy access to Interstate 89 (30 minutes away), not
to mention easy access to two of Vermont's best known ski
areas -- Stowe and Smugglers' Notch!
1997, the Elementary School
won the Vermont State Spelling Bee competition and represented
the state in the regionals. Peoples Academy, founded
in 1847, is the name of the town's combined high
school and middle school.
It sits overlooking the town at the top of a long hill
descending to Morrisville's commercial center. The Elementary
School building, housing grades 2 through 6, sits behind
Peoples Academy. Kindergarten through 1st grade are housed
in the former elementary school, which lies at the bottom
of the hill rising to Peoples Academy. The Centennial
Library, located across from the K-2 school, is a
wonderful resource for school children as well as adult
residents, with its 17,900 books, video and audio cassettes
and CD ROMs.
main, imposingly beautiful structure of Peoples Academy
and the land it sits on were given to the town in 1929
by Alexander Hamilton Copley, a native son and generous
benefactor who had amassed a fortune in the chain drug
store business and real estate. You'll find the Copley
name everywhere in Morrisville, for his generosity went
far beyond the school building and may even have inspired
the strong sense of community that pervades Morrisville
to this day. Most prominently, Copley's name graces Copley
Hospital, a fine regional medical center established in
1932. There's not another one like it in the state, and
many injured skiers as well as locals have been grateful
for its presence.
Copley gifts include an endowment to the Centennial Library,
a band shell on the school grounds, music awards to the
school band and glee club, Copley Country Club and Airfield
(the airfield's gone, but the club remains), street signs
at intersections, $100,000 toward the community building
erected in 1938, an agriculture fund for a high school
course in agriculture, and an agriculture scholarship
, and significant donations to First Universalist Church.
The town's Alexander Hamilton Copley Trust Fund now has
a principal balance of nearly $1 million, according to
the 1997 Town Report.
residents of Morrisville follow Copley's example through acts
of community spirit evident even to newcomers. There are opportunities
for participation and activities for every taste. Morrisville's
weekly newspaper, the News & Citizen, keeps residents informed
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