Located in Orange County and one of the original New Hampshire grants, Fairlee was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth on September 9, 1761 and was first settled in 1766. It includes the village of Ely and is home to Lake Morey, which claims to have the longest ice skating trail in the United States. By 1860 the town was a burgeoning manufacturing center with sawmills, a gristmill, and an establishment for lead pipe and pumps. The Fairlee Railroad Depot was built in 1848 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest surviving railroad structure along the Connecticut River. The population was 988 at the 2020 census. Economist Milton Friedman was a long time summer resident and Samuel Morey, early internal combustion engines, was a pioneer in steamships who accumulated a total of 20 patents. The area has a strong history of children’s summer camps and Camp Lanakila, Aloha and Aloha Hive are all located on Lake Morey.
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