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(J.R.H. 267)

Offered by: Representative Rusten of Halifax.

Whereas, in the spring of 1750, a group of distinguished individuals, led by Oliver Partridge, sought to establish a new plantation, or town, in territory then under the control of the province of New Hampshire, and

Whereas, these individuals approached the governor of the province of New Hampshire Benning Wentworth, who with the advice of the New Hampshire Council, on May 11, 1750, granted to the applicants, and to their heirs and successors, 64 equal shares, in a grant of land comprising 23,040 acres or six miles square “beginning at a marked tree standing half a mile west of Green River in the boundary line between the government of the Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire and from thence due west on said boundary line six miles and at the end of said six miles to turn off at a right angle and run due north six miles and at the end of said six miles to turn off at a right angle and run due east six miles to turn a right angle and run due south six miles to the tree first mentioned,” and

Whereas, the six-square-mile land area contained within these boundaries was designated as the new town of Halifax, and

Whereas, Halifax was the second town chartered in the future state of Vermont, and

Whereas, on March 3, 1778, Halifax conducted its first recorded town meeting and voted to accept the Vermont Constitution, and

Whereas, the first representatives to the General Assembly from the town of Halifax were Hubbel Wells and Edward Harris, and

Whereas, the little municipality of Halifax once boasted 14 schools that have since been consolidated into one, and

Whereas, although the number of farms has sadly declined, the residents of Halifax are proud of their agricultural history, and

Whereas, Halifax has been a beacon of tolerance and acceptance for all types of persons, and it proudly embodies the tradition of Vermont’s small towns which cares for and assists all of its citizens, and

Whereas, the 250th anniversary of Halifax is a special opportunity for the town of Halifax to reflect on its long history that predates the establishment of the state of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the town of Halifax on the 250th anniversary of its chartering, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Halifax Town Clerk.