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Grand Isle County

Grand Isle County is named for the largest island in Lake Champlain.


Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Quebec, Canada

E – Franklin County and Chittenden County

S – Chittenden County

W – Clinton County, New York 


Created:  November 8, 1802                                                      Map of Vermont highlighting Grand Isle County

County Seat: 

North Hero  1802 – present


County Courthouse – North Hero


Location:  3451 US Highway 2 / Northland Lane

Built:  1824 – 1825

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Joseph M Mott, Nathan Strong and James Mott.

Contractor:  Joseph M Mott, Nathan Strong and James Mott.


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored native marble from Isle Motte structure. The east front has a small one story porch supported by two columns and rising to a hipped roof. On the center of the roof is an octagonal white colored cupola. The roof is hipped. The building was remodeled at 1903. On the west side is a white colored wood addition constructed in 1988. On the south side a wood frame house was built or moved and attached to the courthouse in 1903.


Note:  The Committee comprised of Lewis Sowles, Charles Carron, Samuel Adams, Joel Allen and Calvin Fletcher supervised the construction. The Isle La Motte Marble was supplied by Joseph Bowman. The total cost of construction was $3265.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Grand Isle County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1802 and North Hero was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was the Jed P Ladd hotel which was used until the second and present courthouse was built in 1824 to 1825.


Note:  The lowest point in Vermont is Lake champlain at 95 feet ( 29 meters ) which is located in the county.



County Courthouse – North Hero















Photos taken 2014