Rutland county. This town lies on Champlain lake opposite to Ticonderoga, N.Y., and contains Mount Independence, celebrated in the annals of the revolutionary war. The lake here is about a mile wide, and from the Mount a delightful prospect is presented. Orwell was first permanently settled in 1783. The soil of the town is generally good and productive. In 1837 it contained 21,512 sheep. There is a spring in the town from the waters of which Epsom salts have been made, and shells of animals have been found supposed to have pertained to the ocean. There are good mill streams in Orwell and a pleasant village. Population, 1830, 1,598.