From it's beginning, Addison County, Vt., has been a landscape rich in natural resources and populated by rugged individuals. Today, it is a rural-suburb for many exurbanites who have fled more densely populated areas in the northereastern U.S.
Iroquois first settled Addison County before European arrived in 1609. French at Crown Point extended their settlements across Lake Champlain to what is now Chimney Point. A few individuals or families came up the lake from Canada and established themselves at Chimney Point in 1730.
In 1731, Fort Frederic was erected across the lake narrows. In 1759, General Amherst occupied what would become Fort Crown Point and British settlers began arriving.
This county was established by act of the Vermont Legislature Oct. 18, 1785 at the period of Vermont Republic. In 1791, Vermont joined the federal union after the original 13 colonies.
The main product of the county was wheat. In addition to wheat, farmers began to raise flocks on the field for manuring around 1820s. The Champlain Canal was opened on 1823, so the ships could navigate from the Hudson river. In 1840, the county produced more wool than any other county in the United States.
When Vermon was finally admitted into the Union in 1791, in the major towns there were totally 9,267 people. By 1830, there were 26,503 people in the fledgling state.
In 2008, the federal government declared Addison County a disaster area after severe storms and flooding hit the area June 14-17.
At the 2000 census, there were 35,974 people, 13,068 households and 9,108 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 per square mile. There were 15,312 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the county remains 96.86 percent White, 0.54 percent Black or African American, 0.26 percent Native American, 0.73 percent Asian, 0.03 percent Pacific Islander, 0.29 percent from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Only 1.10 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino.