Richmond, Vermont is a tiny town in Chittenden County located south of Jericho between Williston and Bolton. It is situated in the western foothills of the Green Mountains on the eastern edge of the Lake Champlain valley and bisected by the Winooski River. Most of the 4,000 residents of this small town organized in 1795 live near the banks of the river on rural properties.
Richmond may be small, but it is very accessible via the Interstate 89, the New England Central Railway, U.S. Route 2 and of course the nearby Burlington International Airport. The town is well known by many colonial historians who consider its National Historic Landmark Old Round Church to be among the first community churches in the country. It is said that the 16-sided church, erected in 1813 by a group of five denominations, was built in a round fashion so there would be “no corners for Satan to hide in.” Infamously, Henry Ford once tried to buy it for removal to Dearborn, Michigan, but the Richmond residents adamantly refused the offer.
Most of Richmond’s residents make their homes on the Richmond countryside working as rural farmers, but some commute to the nearby IBM facility in Essex Junction or other industries in the Greater Burlington area.