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Shelburne

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Things to do: museums, historic sites, wineries
Shelburne is a town in southwestern Chittenden County, Vermont, United States, along the shores of Lake Champlain. Shelburne is an affluent suburb of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont; Shelburne's center of town lies approximately 7mi south of the city's center. The population of Shelburne was 7,144 at the 2010 census.The main settlement of Shelburne in the center of town is a census-designated place (CDP), with a population of 592 at the 2010 census.HistoryShelburne was chartered by New Hampshire, August 18, 1763, to Jesse Hallock and 64 associates by Governor Benning Wentworth. The name "Shelburne" or "Shelburn" was chosen to honor William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, a celebrated nobleman of the British Parliament and Prime Minister. According to the charter, the town was to have an area of 23500acre, or a tract a little over 6sqmi, but owing to a blunder on the part of the surveyors, it was shorn of a large portion of its possessions.From the beginning, Shelburne's economy was based on farming. With the clearing of land and burning of logs the town experienced a potash boom. A carding and fulling mill, a gristmill, a sawmill, and a blacksmith shop were erected on the La Platte River at Shelburne Falls. In 1811, a few Merino sheep imported from Spain led to an upsurge in sheep raising. Orchards and fruit growing became a major source of income for the farmers, with some 17,740 trees in 1880. Following the War of 1812, commerce on the lake expanded rapidly.
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