Welcome to Fair Haven

Under the southwestern “hook” of Vermont, where the Taconic Mountains give way to the historic Champlain Valley, lies the picturesque town of Fair Haven…the Slate Center of the Nation…and Vermont’s Western Gateway…. Chartered and first settled in 1779, Fair Haven first prospered as a mill town, with numerous works developed on the falls of the Castleton River by Col. Matthew Lyon.  In the mid-1800’s, the first slate quarries were opened, marking the beginning of an industry that has continued to thrive until the present day. Twenty-first century Fair Haven is a charming village, featuring a large central green just north of the downtown business district, surrounded by some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the state.  The green is home to many events throughout the year, including Spring Fling, a summer concert series, and annual AppleFest.  The business district features many quaint shops and eateries, within walking distance of most of the community.  The townspeople are friendly…the schools and public services are first rate…and the opportunities here are limited only by one’s creativity and imagination. On your next visit to Vermont, stop by Fair Haven…and spend the day…or a lifetime…

  • Flu Shot Clinic- Fair Haven Town Office
  • The Eight Annual Pie Baking Contest:The Historical society will host Eighth Annual Apple Pie contest will be held in the park during Apple Festival. This is an opportunity for apple pie bakers to show off their skills.  After the judging, the pies are available for sale by the piece or pie (minus the sample piece for the judges.   Three judges will be sampling each pie and  judging them  on Taste, Texture and Appearance.  All pies must be entered by 11:00 AM on the day of the contest.  Judging will be at 12:00 noon.The rules for entry are:
    • no professional bakers
    • pies are to be in disposable tins
    • pies are to be covered with plastic wrap
    • pies may contain other fruits but majority must be apples
    • at least 8” in diameter

    Each participant will have their picture taken with their pie and sent to them as a souvenir thank you for entering.  Pictures of winners will be given to the local papers.

    If you would like to volunteer to help on this event or you have questions call Lorraine Brown at 265-3843 or 236-0171

  • APPLE DECORATING CONTEST:The Fair Haven Historical Society has come up with a way to have an apple decorating contest for children without the threat of being stung by a bee.  There will be realistic styrofoam apples for sale for $2.00 each before the competition.  These are the only apples that will be permitted for entry.  After the contest, the contestants may pick up their apples to keep forever.  The number of apples is limited.  They can be purchased at the Historical Society office on Saturday Sept. 10 between 1 and 3 PM.  If you need to make other arrangements or want your apple earlier, call Lorraine at 265-3843 for an alternate pick up time.On the day of the Apple Festival all apples must be entered by 10:00 AM.  Judging will be at 11:00 AM. Ribbons will be awarded for the most creative, the funniest, the cutest, the scariest, most colorful and more.    All participants will receive ribbons.
  • Cracker Barrel with the Town Manager
  • Public Hearing Notice and Solicitation for Interested Persons/Entities Involved in Building Salvage-Due to Unsafe & Hazardous Building Conditions Intent to Demolish the Former Fair Haven Municipal Airport Hangar Building:  The Town of Fair Haven has deemed the former Municipal Airport Hangar Building structurally hazardous and beyond the ability to repair. Its collapse is imminent. The intent of the Town of Fair Haven is to demolish and properly dispose of the building.Given the Town’s intent, any person interested in the building, its structural integrity, and its demolition/disposal is encouraged to comment at a Selectboard public hearing on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Office Conference Room, 3 No. Park Place, Fair Haven, VT, 05743. Written comment may be sent to the Board at the below address.Also, as part of the hangar’s demolition, the Town is willing to allow for any safe salvage of the building by a qualified person/entity. Any person/entity interested in salvaging the building needs to submit a salvage proposal, including how any hazardous material will be handled and including a certificate of insurance to carry out the demolition/disposal.No later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 written comments and salvage proposals should be sent to:Herbert Durfee, III, Town Manager
    Town of Fair Haven
    3 No. Park Pl., Fair Haven, VT, 05743
    802-265-2010 x5 (phone)
    802-265-3176 (fax)Note: the VT Division of Historic Preservation already has been notified, conducted a site visit, and “signed off” on the building’s demolition and proper disposal.
  • REQUEST FOR BIDS: HEATING OILThe Town of Fair Haven is soliciting bids for the “fixed delivery price” per gallon for the purchase of heating oil for FY2016-17.This purchase will be for the service delivery, as necessary, for the Town Garage & Annex (two, 275 gallon tanks), for the period serving July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. All deliveries shall be metered.Note: a separate request for bids regarding the Town Office building fuel tank likely will be released later in the fiscal year, that is, after winter 2016-17 but before June 30, 2017, due to the tank already being at a filled capacity.Sealed bids clearly marked “Fuel Oil Bid” shall be submitted, no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, September 30, 2016, to:
  • Herbert Durfee, III, Town Manager
    Town of Fair Haven
    3 North Park Place
    Fair Haven, VT 05743

This request for bids is made according to the Town Purchasing Policy. The Town reserves the right to reject any and all bids.Questions may be directed to the above contact at (802)265-3010 x5 or fhmanager@comcast.net.

  • Assistant Chief Operator Wastewater Aug2016 NEW!
  • 2015 Consumer Confidence Report
  • The Town of Fair Haven is seeking to fill the vacant seat of Town Representative to the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.  If you or anyone you know may be interested in or have questions regarding this position, please contact the Town Office at 265-3010, x1.
  • Biosolids: Beneficial Reuse Fact Sheet
  • Reminder:  2016 Transfer Station permits are available in the Town Office for $5.00 each and are required in order for residents to use the Transfer Station.  Proof of residency (Fair Haven/West Haven) will be required at the time of purchase.  Contact the Town Office at 265-3010, x1 with questions regarding permits.

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Public Service Announcement

  • Many Vermont Veterans, or Veterans in the surrounding tri-state area, do not know that the Vermont Home for Veterans exists or of the programs and care that they provide for service men and women, their spouses and families. For more information, visit the sites below.


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