WELCOME TO THE RICHFORD VERMONT MUNICIPAL WEBSITE
The town of Richford is located on the Canadian border with a spectacular mountain view in all directions. The town was chartered in 1780 and in 1795 Joseph Stanhope staked claim to a piece of property on the Missisquoi River. That same year, Hugh and Marry Miller and their family became the first settlers.
By the mid 1800’s the town had grown in size and importance and became a hub of trade and commerce with the arrival of two railroad lines. Many homes and buildings still stand in the town that reflect the wealth of the period.
Visitors to Richford have long enjoyed the recreational activities in the area including fishing, biking, skiing, hiking and snowmobiling. We have one of the most scenic golf courses in the area, as well as access to the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail – a 26-mile trail used for walking, biking and snowmobiling.
Town government consists of a five member selectboard and various commissions such as planning, development review board and conservation. The town library is housed between the historic Town Hall and the Post Office building. The town is fortunate to have an excellent volunteer fire department and ambulance service, as well as an active health center, dental practice, community care facility and pharmacy.
There are several churches and civic organizations, and a strong school system that provides many opportunities and activities for the youth in town. Each year a free six-week summer camp at the playground is offered by the Richford Health Center and is attended by over one hundred children a day. The camp offers sports, arts and crafts, canoeing, gardening and many other activities including a nutritious lunch.
Other community activities include The Hometown Follies – an annual spring variety show that features local talent and has been a tradition in town for over 100 years. There are also many local sugarmakers who open their sugarhouses up to the public. Summer brings a farmers’ market and the 4th of July Old Home Days with a parade, chicken barbque, auction, and alumni dinner/dance. In the fall the Historical Society and Lariviere House sponsor a craft and quilt show, and the Hometown Harvest provides fun activities for all. At Christmas the annual tree lighting takes place in the town park, followed by a Christmas Concert at the town hall.