DescriptionChartered in 1761 by Benning Wentworth, governor of New Hampshire, Arlington’s early history found it in the middle of a tug-of-war; its land was claimed by both New York and New Hampshire. New York was given control of the area by the British crown and refused to respect the New Hampshire grants and town charters. The vast majority of settlers rejected the authority of New York. With several hundred members, the Green Mountain Boys (led by Ethan Allen) were fairly successful in promoting the cause of the New Hampshire grantees.
Arlington became the center of another struggle caused by America’s Declaration of Independence from England in 1776. Many of its citizens remained loyal to the king, and to this day Arlington is sometimes referred to as “Tory Hollow.”
For a journey back in time, visit St. James Church Cemetery on SR 7, where the earliest stone is from 1777. Many of the Green Mountain Boys, both officers and enlisted men, lay beneath the little flags that dot the green lawn. Historic SR 7A offers 11 miles of scenic driving for those going north to Manchester Center.
Things to SeeThe Norman Rockwell Exhibit and Sugar Shack