165 Years of Service 

Merchants Bank was founded November 10, 1849 in Burlington, Vermont.  Our first office was located on what is now lower Battery Street - the center of commerce at the time - to serve the merchants of water and rail. 

In 1857, we moved to College Street to be closer to the business center developing around Burlington’s City Hall Park.  In 1895, we built a new building on College Street, considered to be one of the era’s finest banking structures in the United States.  This was our only office until 1963, and we now have 32 branches across the state.

Over time, Vermont’s economy has grown far beyond water and rail.  Merchants Bank has grown, too.  We are now Vermont’s largest and sole remaining statewide bank.  Times have changed, yet Merchants Bank’s focus has remained constant - helping individuals, businesses, and municipalities in Vermont and neighboring communities.

In commemoration of our 165-year anniversary, and in celebration of the 2014 renovation of our College Street branch, we have reprinted our historic souvenir booklet from 1896.  As you look through these pages of our history, we hope you will see how the values set forth by our founders have laid the foundation for Merchants Bank’s vibrant future. Click here to view.

165 Donations

To celebrate our 2014 Customer Appreciation Week, and in honor of our 165-Year Anniversary, staff from each of our 32 branches selected 165 organizations to receive a donation from Merchants Bank.