Chartered: October 28, 1807 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Area: 15,713 Acres = 24.55 Square Miles
Population (US Census, 2000): 456
Kirby, a township in the eastern part of Caledonia county, was granted to Roswell Hopkins of Vergennes, (a former secretary of state for fourteen years), on October 20, 1786. It was chartered as Hopkinsville on October 27, 1790. The town was organized August 8, 1807. In October of the same year, 2,527 acres of the town of Burke was annexed to Hopkinsville and the name of the town changed to Kirby. Theophilus Grout and Phineas Page, the first settlers in town, came about A. D. 1792, locating in the southerly part of the town, near Moose river. They were soon after followed by Josiah Joslin, Jonathan Leach, Ebenezer Damon, Antipas Harrington, Jonathan Lewis, Asahel Burt, and others, mostly from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
No proof has been found for the origin of Kirby's name, but several possibilities exist. Since there was no older town of the same name within any of the American colonies, it probably came from a surname. Kirby might have gotten its name from one of several Kirbys in England, where the name is said to mean "a village with a church."
The closest thing to a village that Kirby ever had is in the extreme southern part of the town, where two roads coming in from Concord meet at a kind of double four corners. In the middle to late 1800's the hamlet had a church, a school, a cemetery and a few houses. The cemetery is still there to mark the spot. You can visit Virtual Vermont to learn more interesting facts about Kirby
The cache will bring you to the 'double four corners' described above as "..the closest thing to a village that Kirby ever had". The posted picture was taken from that spot on a gorgeous (if not freezing cold) morning when we placed the cache.
You are looking for a small round lock-n-lock. No Fences need to be climbed to get to this cache! It is a nice winter friendly hide.
We hope you have fun searching for the cache, and a great time exploring Vermont!