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NO. R-274.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the town of Jamaica on its 225th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representative Hube of Londonderry.

Whereas, on November 7, 1780, the General Assembly granted a charter of municipal incorporation that established the town of Jamaica in Windham County, and

Whereas, the name Jamaica is supposedly derived from the Natick Indian language and has been translated as meaning beaver place, and

Whereas, Colonel Samuel Fletcher was the leader of the town’s proprietors, and this distinguished group of citizens included, among its 67 members, Governor Thomas Chittenden; Ira Allen, one of early Vermont’s foremost political leaders; Mathew Lyon, a future member of the United States Congress from Vermont; Colonel Moses Robinson, who would later serve as the first chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, governor of Vermont, and one of the state’s first two United States Senators; and several members of the Hayward, Joy, Miller, and Shephard families, and

Whereas, the geographic boundaries of this new township began “at the northeast corner of Wardsborough, then north Twenty degrees East in the westerly line of Townshend & continuing the same course about five miles to the southerly line of Londondery [sic], then North sixty three degrees west in the southerly line of Londonderry & continuing the same course about six Miles & one quarter to the easterly line of Winhall[.]  Then south ten degrees west in the Lines of Winhall & Stratton about seven Miles to the northwest corner of Wardsborough, then south eighty degrees East about six miles in the line of Wardsborough to the bounds began at,” and

Whereas, the famous Salmon Hole Massacre of 1748 took place within Jamaica’s geographic boundaries, and

Whereas, over the centuries, Jamaica has retained its largely rural character, and both 1,771-foot Ball Mountain and Jamaica State Park are located in this municipality, and

Whereas, 2005 marks the town of Jamaica’s 225th anniversary, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the town of Jamaica on its 225th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Jamaica town clerk.   


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont