COMMUNITY PROFILE

Morristown 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.

Mount 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.

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The 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!

In 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.

The 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.

Other 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.

Today's 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 of events.

Community Services

Police/Fire/Rescue (emergency): 911

Sheriff Department: 888-3502

State Police: 635-7036

Hospital: Copley Hospital, Washington Highway, Morrisville, VT Tel: (802) 888-4231 See: Map

Library: Morristown Centennial Library, 7 Richmond Street, Morrisville, VT Tel: (802) 888-3853 See: Map

Community Links
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LAMOILLE COUNTY
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Stowe Reporter Newspaper
River Arts, Morrisville

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