Roxbury is the southern-most town in Washington County, Vermont. It lies in the geographical center of Vermont. Roxbury is bordered by the Towns of Northfield, Warren, Granville, Braintree and Brookfield, and contains 25,984 acres (40.6 square miles) of land.
The Town is unusual in that it contributes to the watersheds of both the St. Lawrence River (via the Dog River), and the Connecticut River (via the Third Branch of the White River).
With elevations ranging from about 880 feet along the Third Branch of the White River to 3,060 feet at the peak of Rice Mountain, Roxbury ranks among the most rugged areas in the region.
Over 85% of Roxbury’s land surface is presently forested. This includes two large tracts of state forest totaling about 5,600 acres, and over 7,000 acres of private and corporate land enrolled in Vermont’s Use Value program for timber management. Besides providing important natural resources (e.g. wildlife habitat, surface and groundwater protection) and recreational opportunities (hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling), Roxbury’s forests provide important sources of lumber and cordwood.
Roxbury offers many scenic vistas and ridgelines, and the town contains many backcountry ponds, small mountain streams and waterfalls.
In addition to many scenic back roads, primary roads of special note are VT Routes 12 and 12A, and the Warren Mountain Road, which are included in the region’s Fall foliage and bicycle tours.
The small streams in Roxbury offer fishing opportunities as well as a place to cool off in the summer. In winter, the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) maintains a network of trails used for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Historically, Roxbury’s economy was highly dependent upon resource extraction; major economic activities included agriculture, logging, fishing, and quarrying. Verde Antique marble quarrying and talc mining were historically significant in Roxbury; today, one commercial sand and gravel extraction operation is located in the town. Roxbury’s marble quarries opened in 1857 and closed in 1957. (source: Wikipedia)
Historic cemeteries in the town are include First Settlers, Orcutt, West Hill, Village, East Roxbury and Roxbury Flats.
There are a variety of attractions in and around Roxbury.
The Roxbury Fish Culture Station is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the oldest Fish Hatchery in Vermont. Badly damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, reconstruction was completed in late 2020, and the Station is now fully operational and open to visitors. It is fondly referred to by locals as the ‘Fish Hatchery’.
Roxbury Falls, impressive when the waters in the brook are high, is located on Warren Mountain Road, at the base of Carrie Howe Road in Roxbury VT. Nearby Little Ellis Falls is between Roxbury and Andover, VT.
Northfield Golf Course and Country Club is just a 20-minute drive from Roxbury, on Rte 12A.
Our local bed and breakfast inn, Johnnycake Flats Inn, is nestled just outside of town. There are also places to stay, listed on AirBnB.
Windridge at TeelaWooket, the well-known summer sports camp, is located in Roxbury (their winter camp is located in Stowe, VT), as is our own Frazier’s Greenhouse, the Vermont Farm and Forest School and Figure 8 Riding. Many artists, growers, makers, writers and other businesses make their home in our town.