Woodford is located in southern Bennington County directly east of the town of Bennington. Woodford is on the crest of the Green Mountains: the western half of the town drains into the Walloomsac River of Bennington, then west to the Hudson River, while the eastern half of the town drains to the Deerfield River, a tributary of the Connecticut River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.6 square miles (123.3 km2), of which 47.4 square miles (122.8 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.35%, is water. Woodford’s town center lies at an elevation of 2,215 feet (675 m) above sea level, the highest of any town in the state of Vermont.
Woodford was originally granted on March 6, 1753, but due to the French and Indian Wars was not settled within the required five years and was re-granted August 12, 1762. It was supposedly named for a General Woodford, a British officer who gave service during the French and Indian Wars. However, the first Woodford connected with the American military shows up later: a Virginian who fought in the Revolution. He is not known to have had any military career prior to the second grant. The name is more likely after Woodford, Essex, England. Woodford contains some 14,000 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest, and is almost entirely mountainous except for a short stretch along Walloomsac Brook.
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