Fairfax - Past Present & Future
Fairfax Community Guide
Chartered: August 18, 1763, to Edward Burling, namesake to Burlington. Name Derivation: Named after English baron Thomas Fairfax, a friend of George Washington
Area: 25,854 acres
School Enrollment: almost 960 students
Fairfax has gone through many changes through the years by the hand of Mother Nature and growth. The late 1870’s Fairfax had ten general merchandise stores, a drug store, two hotels, four shoe shops, two butter dealers, a tannery, a harness shop, three wagon and sleigh shops, nine blacksmiths, a wagon, tub and coffin manufacturer, four saw mills, two grist mills, a planning mill, a woolen mill, two carpenters, a brickyard, a saloon and some time later three potteries. We also had two lawyers, three doctors, and professors. Years later tree nurseries, new stage route and several locations for post offices. Our population started to decrease because the gold rush attracted residents to move West and the stock market Crash of 1929 hit our town hard. In 1927 heavy rains caused the many brooks and Lamoille River to cause flooding and in 1941 a fire destroyed the Fairfax school. Many years later the village lost two stores and three homes to fire. There was even a tornado in 1973. The most recent wind storm took down quite a few large and small trees in and around town on August 16, 2007. Some say it was a tornado but official report was just high winds. As time moves forward so does growth, some may say too much others will believe there is room for more. Even today we still do not have the businesses we did in the past and our population has grown. Regardless Fairfax is a town that strives to provide and serve the residents with the harmony of a rural Vermont town between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. Spectacular natural wonders would be the view of Mount Mansfield and the rushing water over the Fairfax Falls after a hard rain or fast melt of snow. We can’t forget our covered bridge on Maple Street or the many farms with open fields, livestock and the maple groves that give us beautiful colors in the Fall and sap in the Spring for making maple syrup. As in the past, some our future will be planned by the residences who choose to stay and by the leaders of our Town, State and our Country and of course Mother Nature will do her role.
Fairfax Business & Professional Association
PO Box 353 Fairfax, VT 05454