Newport is a city and the county seat of Orleans County, Vermont, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the city population was 4,589. The city contains the second-largest population of any municipality in the county (only neighboring Derby is larger), and has the smallest geographic area. It is the second-smallest city by population in Vermont. Newport is also the name of a Town in Orleans County.
In 1753, during the French and Indian War, Abenaki took captive English John Stark by canoe down Lake Memphremagog and came ashore at the site where the city of Newport later developed. Allies of the French during this war, they had captured Stark in a raid and held him until his family and community raised a ransom. They returned him to his home in New Hampshire.
Newport as a settlement was founded in 1793, after the American Revolutionary War. The village was first called Pickeral Point, but later renamed Lake Bridge for its location at the head of Lake Memphremagog.
In 1816, part of the former town of Salem was annexed to Newport town; it was absorbed into the city.