The Town Office hours for Tuesday and Thursday have temporarily changed to 9:30-3:30.
Thank you for your understanding.
2021 Property Tax Payments
2021 property taxes are due Friday August 13, 2021 and Saturday November 20, 2021. Payments can be dropped off to the Town Hall at 42 School Street Ext. (Tues. & Thurs. 8:30-3:30 and Wed. & Fri. 1-5,) mailed to PO Box 250, Isle La Motte, VT 05463, or placed in the mail slot at the original Town Hall building– 2272 Main St. Isle La Motte, VT 05463. Payments can also be made online under ‘Pay taxes by credit card or E-check’ or by calling the office at 802-928-3434.
Isle La Motte, the northernmost and most remote of the Champlain Islands, is 7 miles long by 2 miles wide, and lies close to where Lake Champlain empties into the Richelieu River. It is the place where Samuel De Champlain first landed, in 1609, on the lake that now bears his name. Isle La Motte’s European settlement history goes back to the 17th century. A French fort was built in 1666 on the site that is now St. Anne’s Shrine. The island gets its name from the builder of the fort, Pierre De La Motte. As early as 1832 Fisk Quarry exported a beautiful dark limestone called black marble to cities in the south, and this fossil-laden rock can be found in the U.S. Capitol building and the National Gallery of Art. In the mid 1800’s orchards, vineyards and dairy farms flourished on the island, which was then connected to the mainland by ferry during the warmer months and by foot or wagon over the ice in winter. In 1878 the town was incorporated for the sole purpose of building a bridge to Alburgh, and the bridge was completed in 1882. Today Isle La Motte has a general store, two churches, a post office and library, elementary school and historical society. About 500 residents call the island home year-round. This number swells many times over in the summer months when the beauty of the island and access to the lake attract many vacationers, bikers and part-time residents. St. Anne’s Shrine brings in tourists from both VT and Canada, and the Goodsell Ridge Preserve is a mecca for scientists and others interested in the unique geology of the island.