Lewis Creek Bridge (Photo credit: Robert Coleburn)
Ferry to New York (Photo credit: Lee Krohn)


The Town of Charlotte, Vermont was chartered in 1762. It is situated in the fertile Champlain Valley, comprised of a series of hills and ridges overlooking Lake Champlain. With its 3,977 residents (per 2020 census), Charlotte hosts 53 working farms that are flourishing on the productive Champlain Valley soils. An historically agricultural community, Charlotte farms include orchards, dairies, livestock operations, apiaries, and cultivate diverse crops including hay and fodder, vegetables, flowers, grapes, berries, grains, and shrimp.

The town is home to the small villages of East and West Charlotte with corner stores, a well-stocked town library, Grange Hall, and Senior Center. Charlotte also offers diverse recreational opportunities, including popular cycling routes on local roads, a public beach on the Lake Champlain waterfront, equestrian centers, and a well-developed network of community trails on public land, including the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge, and the popular Mt. Philo State Park — available for year-round hiking, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing. 

Charlotte residents enjoy the buzz of farm activity and the quiet Vermont countryside as they also work hard to provide the best learning opportunities for their children, both in and out of local early education programs and schools. Residents join the many and diverse volunteer organizations that have sprouted up to enrich the community, and serve in our small-town government cherished here in Vermont. Charlotters demonstrate their love of the land, as they continuously work to protect and share their natural heritage with neighbors and visitors.

Charlotte can be accessed via US Route 7 from the north and south, and numerous local roads.  A commercial ferry service links Charlotte to Essex, NY, providing year-round service for motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Amtrak also provides daily service via the Ethan Allen Express route to New York City, with a stop in nearby Vergennes. Charlotte also hosts a section of the Lake Champlain Byway, a designated regional scenic and historic route for cars and cyclists.  More information about opportunities for outdoor recreation, arts, dining, lodging, and visiting cultural and historic sites in the area can be found at this state website: Vermont Vacations.