Chittenden county. This is an excellent farming town of a rich soil, with an uneven surface, but not mountainous. It is very productive of all the varieties common to a northern climate: its product of wool, in 1837, was 9,225 fleeces. Williston is watered by Onion river, and some smaller streams; but its water power is small. It is 27 miles W.N.W. from Montpelier and is bounded on the W. by Burlington. Population, 1830, 1,608.
Thomas Chittenden was the father of this town. He came here in 1774. He was a member of the convention, which, in 1777, declared Vermont an independent state, and was active in procuring its admission into the Union. When the Vermont Constitution was established, in 1778, Mr. Chittenden was selected as a candidate for governor; to which office he was annually elected, with the exception of one year, till his death in 1797. He was 67 years of age.