The Town of Lyndon (founded in 1780) is located in Vermont's beautiful rural "Northeast Kingdom" in Caledonia County. The town is six square miles of rolling green hills and valleys on both sides of the Passumpsic River. Caledonia County encompasses 17 towns, including Lyndon, Burke (home of Burke Mountain Ski Area) and St. Johnsbury (the County Seat). Caledonia County was named to honor the Scots who settled here and developed the area. Lyndon is readily accessible from I-91 and is just 3 1/2 hours from Boston, 2 1/2 hours from Montreal and 6 hours from New York.
Lyndon's Population as of the year 2000 census was 5,448.
As the natives here are fond of saying, "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a minute and it'll change." With four clearly defined seasons, there's usually a favorite time of year for everyone. General climatic features include: the changeable nature of the weather, a large range of temperatures, both daily and annual, and a good monthly distribution of annual precipitation. There is not really a "rainy" or "dry" season per se, and severe drought is rare. Summers are quite comfortable, with afternoon temps mostly in the mid to upper 70's and nighttime minimums of around 50. Winters are fairly cold, with a December through February normal mean of 19.7 degrees. Seasonal snowfall varies widely, with measurable snow on the ground for six weeks or longer each winter. Based on the typical occurrence of freezing, the area's growing season averages 127 days, from May 20 to September 24. These dates differ a bit year to year. The area is known for its spectacular display of fall foliage each year, which usually peaks in the end of September to the beginning of October.
The public school system includes complete facilities from kindergarten through 12th grade. Lyndon Town School (graded K-8 with approximately 500 students) is a new facility built in 1991 to consolidate four smaller schools located throughout the town. Lyndon Town School has 65 teaching staff (including Special Education and Chapter I). High Schools, accredited by the Vt. State Board of Education and the North East Assoc. of Secondary Schools and Colleges, include Lyndon Institute, St. Johnsbury Academy and Burke Mountain Academy. Lyndon Institute is a private secondary school with tuition provided by Lyndon and area town taxes. The school term usually begins in late August and ends in mid-June. Enrollment requirements include legal proof of age (usually by birth certificate), a physical exam and inoculations for polio, rubella and
Additional information may be obtained from:
Lyndon Town School
2591 Lily Pond Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851
Riverside Day School
30 Lily Pond Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851
Riverside is a private facility for grades K-8
Thaddeus Stevens School
PO Box 274
Lyndon Center, VT 05850
Independent School for Grades 2-8
For more information:
Caledonia North Supervisory Union
Victoria Schueffler, Superintendent
PO Box 107, Lyndonville, VT 05851
Vermont Adult Education and Literacy
Debra Leach or Candy Fox
364 Railroad St., Suite 4, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Daren Houck, Headmaster
PO Box 127, Lyndon Center, VT 05850
Burke Mountain Academy
Kirk Dwyer, Headmaster
East Burke, VT 05832
Burke Mt. Academy is a private ski Academy for grades 9-12
East Burke School
Marcus Vogt, Headmaster
PO Box 228
East Burke, VT 05832
Lyndon State College is located in Lyndonville. Average enrollment is 1,200 students. LSC has 25 academic degree programs and 14 minors. Two and Four year programs are available, plus graduate programs in education and science education. For further information, contact:
Lyndon State College, Admissions Office
PO Box 919, Lyndonville, VT 05851
The Community College of Vermont has a branch in St. Johnsbury with excellent continuing education and adult education programs.
For further information:
Community College of Vermont
1197 Main St., Ste. 3, 79 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
The Cobleigh Public Library on 14 Depot Street is an excellent library, community meeting and information center. The library has an on-site collection of 25,000 books and materials and an annual circulation of 43,000. Inter-library loan service is available through the Vermont Automated Library System with access to statewide databases, library catalogs and Internet. The Cobleigh Library is a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Library is very active in adult and children's programming. GED or Adult Diploma tutoring and testing are available at the library. Samuel Read Hall Library at Lyndon State College is open to Lyndon residents and has a book collection of 90,000. www.cobleighlibrary.org
Lyndon is located 5 miles from Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital, a 110 bed facility. The Hitchcock Clinic is located on Industrial Park Drive in Lyndon Corner. 802-626-9246
Recreation and Culture:
Cultural events of many kinds can be found and enjoyed year-round. The Catamount Film and Art Center, Lyndon State College, Vermont Children's Theater, Fairbanks Museum, Cobleigh Public Library and other groups offer a variety of cultural activities for all ages. Powers Park in Lyndon sponsors a wide range of recreational programs, including playgrounds, swimming pools and tennis courts. Skiing is available at Lyndon Outing Club and at Burke Mt. Ski Area in East Burke. Kingdom Trails, voted Best Trail Network in North America by Bike Magazine in their annual Reader’s poll is a beautifully scenic and meticulously maintained trail network for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Other activities include: boating, hiking, golf, fishing, camping, bowling, snowmobiling, ice skating, band concerts, farmer’s markets, auctions and church suppers to name a few.
Fenton Chester Ice Arena: 802-626-9361
Lyndon Outing Club: 802-626-8465
Burke Mountain Ski Area: 802-626-7300
Catamount Film and Art Center-802-748-2600 or Toll Free 888-757-5559 www.catamountarts.org
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium-802-748-2372 www.fairbanksmuseum.org
Special Events: Band Concerts, 7 PM on Wednesdays in beautiful Bandstand Park in downtown Lyndonville June to August. Farmer’s Market on Fridays from 3 PM to 7 PM in Bandstand Park, the Stars and Stripes Festival and Parade on the third Saturday in July, Burklyn Arts Summer Craft Fair in July (and Winter Fair in December), Snowflake Festival from mid-February to early March and many other special events throughout the year.
Several denominations offer services in the Lyndon area.
For more information contact:
Congregational Church of Lyndonville
6 Park St., Lyndonville, VT 05851
There are several nationally affiliated civic and service groups and organizations represented in the area as are church, school and special interest groups. Check local Yellow Pages, Libraries, and/or Chamber of Commerce.
Town and Village Government:
Lyndon is governed by a Board of Selectmen elected by Town residents at the annual Town Meeting in March and an Administrative Assistant appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Village of Lyndonville (downtown business district with approximately 1,200 residents) is governed by a five member Board of Trustees elected by Village residents at the annual Village meeting in March. Residents of the Village are also Town residents. Learn more from the town's municipal website LyndonVT.org.
Economy and Employment:
The area has a diverse economy built around manufacturing; the retail, wholesale and service industries; banking; real estate; insurance; government employment (county, municipal and educational); tourism and agriculture (dairy, poultry, sheep and maple syrup). Most employment opportunities are in manufacturing, education and health care services. Logging and wood processing also contribute substantially to the economy. The 2000 Average Annual Wage in Lyndon was $26,860. The Median Household income in 2000 was $32,946.* (*Source: US Census of Population and Housing, 2000)
For current information about employment in the area, contact:
The Vermont Department of Employment and Training
38 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Northeastern Vermont Development Association
36 Eastern Ave., Suite 1, PO Box 630, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-5181 (fax) 802-748-1223
St. Johnsbury Area Economic Development Office
34 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-1265 or (toll free) 888-829-1265
Town of Lyndon tax rate for 2013:
Lyndon Homestead $2.0108 per hundred of property valuation.
The Lyndon Non-Residential rate $2.0842 per hundred of property valuation.
Lyndonville taxes in 2012 were: Homestead $2.1948 per hundred of property valuation and Lyndonville Non-Residential was $2.2895 per hundred of property valuation. The State of Vermont collects a personal income tax from all individuals. This personal income tax is 25% of an individual's federal tax liability. All other taxes collected in the State of Vermont are related to individuals, such as auto registration ($65 per year per automobile), sales tax (6%) and a 9% rooms and meals tax.
For more information, contact:
Lyndon Town Clerk
119 Park Ave.
P.O. Box 167
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Electric: Electric (Lyndonville Electric Department) 802-626-3366; Prices per kilowatt varies seasonally, but Lyndonville Electric consistently has one of the lowest residential rates in the State of Vermont.
Cable (Charter Communications) 888-438-2427;
Telephone (FairPoint Communications) 866-984-2001. www.fairpoint.com
Water: Current rate for people on Lyndon town water supply is a base quarterly fee of $72.00 and $3.69 per 1,000 gallons used. Wastewater: $105 per quarter and $6.99 per 1,000 gallons used.
Refuse and Recycling: The 2013 annual rate for once a week curbside trash pickup is $160.00 (no bag limit). Free curbside recycling is available once a month or residents of Lyndon can recycle at the Northeast Kingdom Recycling Coop collection center during set weekly hours at no charge.
The classified columns of the daily newspaper, The Caledonian-Record, are an excellent source of information about currently available housing, or you may contact area real estate agencies. The average home price (Fair Market Value) as determined by the Vermont Division of Property Valuation and Review in 1990 was $68,498.
Lyndon is located just off I-91. Burlington Airport is approximately 85 miles west and Manchester, NH is 2 1/2 hours south. Bus service is available locally on the RCT Shuttle. RCT has also added commuter routes to Montpelier and Burlington.
Media: The Caledonian-Record, 25 Federal St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 is a daily paper with a circulation of 11,000 daily. (802) 748-8121. Cable television is available through Charter Communications, PO Box 350, Danville, VT 05828. There are three radio stations in the immediate area, including National Public Radio.
The Lyndon Area is serviced by several Banks, including Passumpsic Savings Bank (802) 626-9211; Citizens Savings Bank (802) 748-3131; North Country Federal Credit Union (802) 626-5054, Unionbank (802) 626-3100 and Community National Bank (802) 626-1111.