Although it is located in Washington County, Cabot's landscape, people and history are closely linked to the Northeast Kingdom region.
Cabot was chartered on Aug. 17, 1780 as a part of the Vermont Charter. According to Esther Munroe Swift’s Vermont Place-Names, Footprints of History, Cabot is the namesake of a romantic union that dates back to the founding of the nation. Lyman Hitchcock, an officer in the Continental Army from Connecticut, asked for Sophia Cabot’s hand in marriage, but the request was denied by her father. Only after Hitchcock had acquired land in Vermont through a grant and showed it to Sophia’s father did he change his mind and bless the union. Hitchcock’s fellow grantees agreed to allow him to name the town Cabot in honor of his bride. One of the first settlers of the new town was Benjamin Webster, uncle to Daniel Webster, legendary senator from Massachusetts and U.S. Secretary of State. Cabot sits in the northeastern corner of Washington County. The town is bordered to the north, east and south by the Caledonia County towns of Walden, Danville and Peacham.
Cabot is a community steeped in agricultural tradition. Its major claim to fame is being home to the Cabot Creamery, “Makers of the World’s Best Cheddar.”