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Westmore, Vermont
Westmore, Vermont (Mount Pisgah, Lake Willoughby, Mount Hor)
Westmore, Vermont (Mount Pisgah, Lake Willoughby, Mount Hor)
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Country United States
State Vermont
County Orleans
Chartered August 17, 1781
 • Total 37.5 sq mi (97.0 km2)
 • Land 34.5 sq mi (89.4 km2)
 • Water 2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
1,170 ft (554 m)
 • Total 357
 • Density 10/sq mi (4.0/km2)
 • Households
 • Families
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
05822, 05860
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-81700
GNIS feature ID 1462254

Westmore is a town in Orleans County, Vermont, United States. The population was 357 at the 2020 census, making it the least populated and least densely populated town in the county. The town contains one unincorporated village clustered around Lake Willoughby.


Originally named Westford, the town was chartered on August 17, 1781. Since Chittenden County had a town named Westford, in 1787 the name was changed to Westmore.

The first vacation house was built on the lake in 1860. It is known as the Cheney House, after an owner in the late 19th century.

Westmore never attracted many settlers. The town's peak population was in the census year of 1880 with 485 people.

Before he became famous, Robert Frost camped here in the summer of 1909 with his family.

Songadeewin Camp for girls was located here in the 1920s-1940s.

Electricity became available at the south end of the lake, from West Burke, circa 1934.

In 1970, the state of Vermont acquired 7,600 acres (3,100 ha) as part of Willoughby State Forest, which included the Cheney House.

Having closely approximated the state's voting percentages for governor, in 2006, and president in 2004, Westmore was considered one of six "bellwether" towns for the 2008 general election.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.5 square miles (97.0 km2), of which 34.5 square miles (89.4 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2) (7.85%) is water.

One of the town's most prominent features is Lake Willoughby. The lake has a maximum depth of 312 feet, making it the deepest lake totally contained within Vermont, and one of the deepest lakes in all of New England.. The mountains, which have hundreds of feet of rock cliffs, are located in the Willoughby State Forest and the cliffs have been designated a National Natural Landmark. In recent decades, several peregrine falcons have been found there.

Local mountains also include Goodwin 2,936 feet (895 m), Bald 3,316 feet (1,011 m), Hedgehog 2,201 feet (671 m), Haystack 2,713 feet (827 m), and Bartlett 2,047 feet (624 m).

The town has a local weather recording and reporting station.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 126
1830 132
1840 122 −7.6%
1850 152 24.6%
1860 324 113.2%
1870 412 27.2%
1880 480 16.5%
1890 395 −17.7%
1900 390 −1.3%
1910 331 −15.1%
1920 287 −13.3%
1930 224 −22.0%
1940 224 0.0%
1950 210 −6.2%
1960 179 −14.8%
1970 195 8.9%
1980 257 31.8%
1990 305 18.7%
2000 306 0.3%
2010 350 14.4%
2020 357 2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 306 people, 133 households, and 90 families residing in the town. The population density was 8.9 people per square mile (3.4/km2). There were 530 housing units at an average density of 15.4 per square mile (5.9/km2).

There were 133 households, out of which 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 16.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 36.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.5 males.


Personal income

The median income for a household in the town was $27,375, and the median income for a family was $38,333. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $18,958 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,522. About 7.8% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 3.8% of those 65 or over.


The town is first in the county with the highest percentage of second home ownership. The county is tied for first in the state.

Most of the tourism is around the lake and mountains, which have hiking and biking trails, some of which are associated with the Kingdom Trails, and campgrounds. There is hiking, biking, fishing, ice fishing, camping, rock and ice climbing, canoeing and other boating forms, parasailing. Visitors dive from Devils Rock on the east shore of the lake.

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