Bolton may have been named for Charles Paulet (sometimes Powlet), the fifth Duke of Bolton. He came from a powerful old family but was not personally notable. His brother Harry, on the other hand, who succeeded him in 1765, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and in the British government, and strongly opposed the war against the American colonies. Wentworth may have been thinking of the Dukedom as a whole in choosing the name. The men who bought the grant didn't get much for their money. The Winooski River flows through the center of town, with tillable land along its banks, but Bolton is otherwise rocky and mountainous.
Bolton, Land of Boulders and Bears
W.S. Rann's 1886 history of Chittenden County refers to it as "the land of boulders and bears. Bolton has more than twenty mountains of over 2,000 feet, and nearly as many more just under that height. Good spot for a ski area." Visit Bolton Valley to see Rann's vision in modern-day action.
Chartered: June 7, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Land Area: 26,752 acres (41.8 square miles)
Coordinates: 72°53'W 44°22'N
Altitude ASL: 342 feet
Town of Bolton
3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway (US Route 2), VT 05465
Phone: (802) 434-5075