250 years of Killington: Big July 4 celebration set

KILLINGTON-It was first known as Killington in 1761, then as Sherburne in 1800. Then, on March 2, 1999, the old Vermont mountaintop town decided to change its name and identity, yet again-so residents voted to change the community's name back to Killington.

On April 27, 1999, the Vermont General Assembly approved the name change of this small Rutland County town and the rest is history.

Now you can be part of the history this Monday, July 4 as Killington commemorates its 250th birthday with an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration.

Festivities begin July 4 with a traditional float and costume parade at 10 a,m, followed by a reading of Killington's (nee Sherburne) town charter by a 1700s-era town crier.

Included in the celebration are a display of old-fashioned tractors, historical demonstrations, photo booth, barbecue, fireworks, and a giant community birthday cake.

All 250th events will be held at the Killington Recreation Fields on River Road. Entry to the events is free.

Killington's current full-time population is a little more than 1,095. But during the winter months, winter vacationers to the Killington Ski Resort significantly swell the local rolls.

The town, originally named Killington, later became Sherburne after its first landholder Col. Benjamin Sherburne. But the change back to Killington in 1999 helped ease the confusion and the community's split personality.

Best known for its 2004-05 efforts to become part of New Hampshire, Killington voters have voted to secede from Vermont, an almost unheard of practice since the Civil War era.

No matter, upset by an inequity in local taxes sent to the State of Vermont-and few state services received as a result-voters still grumble about the high price of living in Vermont.

While the 2004-05 secession votes were seen as being symbolic, genuine secession would require the agreement of both Vermont legislatures. It's not likely Vermont politicians would ever let a cash cow go quietly in the night.

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