Our Town

Come explore Whitingham’s storied past and vibrant present. Meet some of the folks — past and present — that give our town its unique character, and check out our local businesses. And if you’re a local, get the scoop on trash and recycling.

The Town of Whitingham, VT, founded in 1770, sits high in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, on the Massachusetts border. Whitingham is a 3-hour drive from Boston and a 4-hour drive from New York City. With elevations of 1500 to over 2000 feet, Whitingham is great for X-country skiing, snow shoeing, snow mobiles and other winter sports while our mountain air summers are comfortable for biking, hiking, sailing, boating and other water sports.

Just a few miles to the north is the Deerfield Valley and Mount Snow Resort, which has one of the top snow-making operations in the U.S. The Harriman Reservoir in Whitingham is an 8-mile long lake, wonderful for boating, fishing and swimming and has stunning views of the Green Mountains which rise right from the water’s edge. Whitewater rafting and tubing on the Deerfield River can be both challenging and serene. Whitingham is a mix of farmland and forests which makes for a beautifully diverse landscape. Our forests are growing and are home to abundant wildlife. Many Whitingham land owners practice sustainable forestry, managing their forest for future generations.

Whitingham has enjoyed steady population growth within the past several decades. In 2016, the population was 1,453 year-round residents. Families living here for many generations are the town’s bedrock. The town’s second home owners come from the New York City area, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts and often eventually decide to live here full time. Whitingham is a mix of folks from many places who all know how lucky we are to live or vacation in a place with farms, mountains, forests, lakes, cows and maple syrup.

The Town of Whitingham created this new website to provide information on our town, our people and our businesses with the hopes that you will visit in any of the four beautiful seasons and perhaps move to town someday to enjoy a country life not far away…

 

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Posted: 07/20/20

COVID-19 prevention and response efforts will help schools reopen safely

 

Governor Phil Scott, health and education officials said at a press conference Tuesday that, while anxiety about schools reopening this fall is understandable, Vermonters can have confidence in the robust system in place to prevent spread of the virus and quickly respond to any cases that arise.

 

“This has been key to our reopening — where we’ve seen cases connected to worksites and even child care centers — but they have not resulted in increased community transmission like we saw this spring or what other states are seeing today,” Gov. Phil Scott said.

 

State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso emphasized that even with low levels of the virus in Vermont, schools should plan for cases of COVID-19, but that a case does not automatically mean a school needs to close. If students remain together in a single classroom without mixing with others, for example, that classroom may stop in-person instruction for 24 hours while Health teams begin contact tracing and provide further recommendations, she said.

 

The data shows our containment strategies are working, Kelso said.

 

“It’s mission critical to open schools, and we have to try,” she said. “There may be no safer place to do it than Vermont.”

 

Education officials also announced updates to school reopening guidance, in addition to releasing guidance for sports this fall.

 

Secretary of Education Daniel French said changes include more flexible distancing requirements for younger students. This is based on data that children less than 10 years old are the least likely to acquire and transmit COVID-19, even in close contact scenarios. Younger students can maintain a range of 3 to 6 feet between students. He also noted the daily health check process can now be done by parents or students themselves.

Please see the attached letter from the WSWSU regarding school reopening with a link to the draft family handbook.


PDF icon letter to WSWSU Community 07.17.20