Around the Village
Essex Junction is a full service, pedestrian friendly community, with municipal services, recreational and educational facilities, shops and food stores all within easy access by walking on well maintained sidewalks, or a short drive.
If you are new to Essex Junction, or have lived here a while but haven't really explored the community, we encourage you to take some time to explore these pages and links to discover all the Village has to offer.
The Village of Essex Junction and our surrounding Vermont communities have a rich and detailed history. Many of the documents detailing this storied past are recorded and maintained by the Essex Community Historical Society and other groups.
You can view some of these documents by clicking "Read More" below. They are attached in a .PDF format. For a more complete list of documents, please click here.
The Essex Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility is owned by the Village of Essex Junction. The original plant was built in 1965 and has undergone several modifications since then to meet the needs of the three communities it serves. Flows to the plant are received from the Village, the Town of Essex and the Town of Williston. Williston and Essex flows are managed under a contract known as the Tri-Town Agreement.
Village voters approved a bond vote at a special Village meeting on 4/12/11 for the upgrade and reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant. The Towns of Essex and Williston are cost sharing. The project went out to bid in the spring of 2012 and on 7/10/12, construction was awarded to Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. of Hanover, NH in the amount of $11,832,465. Work has commenced and will be completed by July 2014.
The engineers on the project are Aldrich & Elliott, PC, of Essex:
Date of Incorporation: November 15, 1892
Total Area: 4.6 square miles
Elevation above sea level:
maximum - 440 feet
minimum - 195 feet
Number of registered voters (4/1/10): 6,930
Population (2010 Census): 9271
Grand List (2010): $10,249,632
Originally part of the Essex Township decreed by the English Crown in the 18th century, modern Essex Junction traces its roots back to a time shortly after the American Revolution when Ira Allen, brother of the more famous Ethan Allen, constructed a dam at a bend and natural water fall in the Winooski River between what is now Essex Junction and Williston. A saw mill adjacent to the dam sent logs down the Winooski to Lake Champlain. The falls, known as Hubbells Falls, became a site of early industry and economic growth in the Essex Town area.
Essex Junction today is a nearly textbook model of a well planned, human scale, sustainable community. Within the Village borders are three well kept public parks with a full range of recreational facilities, and programs managed by the Essex Junction Recreation and Parks department. Essex Junction also shares ownership of the Tree Farm soccer facility, with manicured soccer fields for holding local, state-wide, and regional tournaments.