Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's "Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History," Stephen Green Press, Brattleboro, Vt.
It has been said that a man could live in Cabot for seventy-five years and have been a resident of four counties without ever leaving his place of birth. The town has been successively part of the Vermont counties of Cumberland, Orange, Caledonia and, since 1855, Washington. As far as can be discovered, Cabot is the only town in Vermont to have been named as a result of a romantic attachment. Major Lyman Hitchcock of Connecticut and Miss Sophia Cabot fell in love while Lyman was still in the Continental Army. Sophia's father refused to let his daughter marry a soldier, and the lovers were thwarted. Then Lyman got in on a Vermont grant in which he was the next-to-largest land buyer.
father went north with a survey crew to inspect the holding of his
would-be son-in-law and liked what he saw. He gave the couple his
blessing, and the other grantees of Lyman's Vermont town agreed to let
him name it for his fiancee. After the revolution, the young couple
settled on their Vermont land, and the 1790 census (actually taken in
Vermont in 1791) listed Lyman Hitchcock as head of a household of four
Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's "Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History."