Windsor county. First settled 1764. Population, 1830, 2,320. Three considerable streams form William's river and give Chester a good water power. The land is uneven, but fertile and productive. This is a very pleasant town, with two handsome villages, manufactures of various kinds, and about 10,000 sheep. This is a great throughfare for travellers from the eastern part of New England to the Hudson river, near Troy, N.Y. The passage over the Green Mountains, from Chester to Manchester, is considered the best in this part of the state. Chester lies 16 miles S.S.W. from Windsor, 79 S. from Montpelier, and about 30 E.N.E. from Manchester.