Nestled in the upper Deerfield Valley at the foot of the Green Mountains, Wilmington was one of Vermont's earliest settlements, chartered by New Hampshire governor Benning Wentworth in 1751 and named for England's Earl of Wilmington. Picturesquely sited at the confluence of two branches of the Deerfield River, the town built its economy around agriculture, lumber milling and its strategic position on the old stage road between Brattleboro and Bennington.
These days, Wilmington is best known as the access point for Mt Snow, one of New England's best ski resorts and an excellent summertime mountain-biking and golfing spot. Many restaurants and stores cater to families, who are the resort's main clientele. Aside from its ski-town allure, Wilmington's main claim to fame is as the southern gateway to scenic VT 100, Vermont's favorite road-trip destination.