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Historic sites and locations on Lake Champlain

Five Museums Tour

Five Museums Tour

Five Museums Tour

Crown Point Barracks

This special tour reveals the long history of the area around the Lake Champlain Bridge on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

You’ll visit Chimney Point State Historic Site, John Strong DAR Museum, Crown Point State Historic Site, Penfield Museum, and Port Henry Iron Center.

Tour begins at 10:00 at Chimney Point. Pre-registration recommended. Call for details and fee. Vermont Archaeology Month Program

Contact: 802-759-2412

Event Date:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Lake Champlain

This 128-page softcover book features stunning historical images from the archives of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and other regional collections, and includes chapters on Patriotic Sites and Celebrations; Commerce in the Canal Era; The Age of Steam; Crossing Lake Champlain; Recreational Boating; Summer and Summer Folk; Hunting and Fishing; and Winter. ‘Lake Champlain’ tells the story of this historic, busy commercial corridor and recreational destination.

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Crown Point / Chimney Point Historic Region

Crown Point / Chimney Point Historic Region by James P. Millard

Crown Point / Chimney Point Historic Region

Crown Point / Chimney Point Historic Region

Information about the historic Crown Point/Chimney Point region of Vermont and New York State on Lake Champlain

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.historiclakes.org

The Crown Point/Chimney Point peninsulas on Lake Champlain are some of the most historic places in the area. Long recognized as places of strategic importance on this waterway through the wilderness, each side of the lake was inhabited and fortified from earliest times. Chimney Point was the site of Fort de Pieux, a simple wooden stockade built by the French; and is now the site of a historic brick tavern owned by the State of Vermont and operated as Chimney Point Historic Site.

Opposite Chimney Point, across the great steel bridge, is Crown Point. This historic location was the site of an important French fort, St. Frederic; and an enormous British Fortress, known simply as ‘His Majesty’s Fort at Crown Point’. It was not known as Fort Crown Point, nor was it called Fort Amherst, as some early sources claim. The Crown Point peninsula played a critical role in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The ruins there are maintained by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The park is known as Crown Point State Historic Site. The park includes the ruins of both fortresses, a number of important redoubts, and the beautiful Champlain Memorial Lighthouse on the site of the earlier Grenadier’s Redoubt.

Any visit to the historic lakes should include a trip to this remarkably historic and beautiful site.

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Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla: The Bougainville Voyage to Arrive at Saint Anne’s Shrine on July 3rd

Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla: The Bougainville Voyage

 

Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla: The Bougainville Voyage to end Journey at Historic Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte   Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte is pleased to announce the arrival of the Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla:  The Bougainville Voyage on Friday, July 3, 2015 through Sunday, July 5. Commemorating the 260th Anniversary of beginning of the War for Empire in America, a defining moment in our history, the boats will resemble French vessels of the year 1755 that would have plied the lake at that time.  The voyage will begin at Crown Point, the site of the 1735 Fort Ste. Frederic and five days later, ending at historic Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte. There are several historical locations in between including the memorial at Burlington, Valcour Island and Cumberland Bay.   The Flotilla will end their journey at the Shrine, on Friday, July 3, setting up a “typical” colonial French encampment on the Shrine grounds and historically costumed in the clothing of the mid 18th Century of the French soldiers and sailors.  The Flotilla will consist of four longboats, led by L’Alliance, a former RCN 27 foot whaleboat with historic sailing rig.    On Saturday afternoon, July 4th, visitors are welcome to view the camp, boats and learn about sea life in the 18th Century. There will be a musket demo, and visitors will have the opportunity to view the camp, boats and learn about sea life in the 18th Century! All Welcome!The Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla: The Bougainville Voyage will be at Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte Friday, July 3, 2015 through Sunday, July 5. This event commemorates the 260th Anniversary of the start of the War for Empire in America, a defining moment in the history of our region.

 

 

The Longboat Flotilla

The Flotilla will consist of four longboats resembling the French vessels that would have travelled Lake Champlain in 1755, and will be led by L’Alliance, a former RCN 27 foot whaleboat with historic sailing rig. The voyage starts at Crown Point, New York –  site of the 1735 Fort Ste. Frederic (later Fort Crown Point). After stops at several historical locations along the way including Burlington, Valcour Island and Cumberland Bay, the journey ends at historic Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte, Vermont.

 

Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla: The Bougainville Voyage to end Journey at Historic Saint Anne’s Shrine   Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte is pleased to announce the arrival of the Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla:  The Bougainville Voyage on Friday, July 3, 2015.  The Flotilla will end their journey at the Shrine, setting up camp on the Shrine grounds and historically costumed in the clothing of the mid 18th Century of the French soldiers and sailors.  The Flotilla will consist of four longboats, led by L’Alliance, a former RCN 27 foot whaleboat with historic sailing rig.  All are welcome to stop by over the weekend to view the camp, boats and learn about sea life in the 18th Century!

 

The Flotilla ends their journey at the Shrine, on Friday, July 3, and will setup a typical colonial French encampment on the Shrine grounds.Participants will be historically costumed in the mid-18th century clothing of the of French soldiers and sailors.

 

Lake Champlain Longboat Flotilla: The Bougainville Voyage

Statue in Isle La Motte of
Samuel de Champlain and guide,
at the site Champlain is said to have first set foot in Vermont in 1609.
(Sculptor E.L.Weber, 1967)

On Saturday afternoon, July 4th, visitors are welcome to view the camp, boats musket demonstrations, and learn about 18th century sea life.

 

Other Lake Champlain Historic Sites:

Maritime Burlington: New Waterfront Exhibit Highlights Burlington’s Nautical History

Maritime Burlington Comes to the Burlington Waterfront

June 20 brings a new attraction to the Burlington, Vermont waterfront.  Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) features a new interpretive exhibit, Maritime Burlington in a festive “big top tent” at Perkins Pier on Maple Street.  The Maritime Burlington exhibit features highlights from the nautical archaeology fieldwork and historical research of LCMM. The exhibit encourages exploration and discovery and serves as a porthole to Burlington’s nautical history for visitors and area residents. It will also serve as a resource for LCMM’s new Lake Adventure Camps.

 

Maritime Burlington - Canal boats in port, Burlington, VT, early 1900s. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Collection.

Canal boats in port, Burlington, VT, early 1900s.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Collection.

“We are very excited to be greeting the public right where so much history happened. The lake’s first steamboat, Vermont – and the second commercially successful steamboat in the world – was launched right here on the Burlington waterfront in 1808.” ~ LCMM Executive Director Mike Smiles

 

See the changing views of the Burlington waterfront over the years -the breakwater, lighthouses, steamboats, canal boats, railroads and the cargo shipped in and out of the Champlain Valley. Use a working replica of a nineteenth century crane to lift cargo into a small-scale canal boat. Weekends will feature demonstrations of such maritime skills as shaping spars, ropework and rigging.

 

Maritime Burlington - Looking south from Battery Street, Burlington, VT. Courtesy University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Special Collections.

Looking south from Battery Street, Burlington, VT.
Courtesy UVM Bailey/Howe Special Collections.

Several boats from the LCMM fleet will also visit the waterfront at Perkins Pier:

  • MV Baldwin will host the Saturday Shipwreck tours in July and August;
  • Champlain Longboats, the student-built rowing boats used for community rowing, regional racing events, and On Water Ecology tours.
  • Schooner Lois McClure  although the schooner is not available for boarding in 2015 while preparing for restoration work this fall
  • C. L. Churchill (the Lois McClure’s companion wooden tugboat)

 

Maritime Burlington Schedule

  •  June 20 through August 23: Open Daily
  • August 24 through October 12: Open Wednesday through Sunday
  • Lake Adventure Camps: June 22 through August 14

 

Acknowledgements

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s exhibit Maritime Burlington, 2015 Lake Adventure Camps and the restoration of schooner Lois McClure are made possible thanks to the generous support of sponsors including Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront, Lake Champlain Transportation, Seventh Generation, Merchants Bank, Dan Landau, the McClure Family, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. This project was funded in part by an agreement awarded by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to the New England Water Pollution Control Commission (NEI WPCC) in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP).

 

About the Lois McClure

Lois McClure was built by LCMM shipwrights and volunteers on the Burlington waterfront in 2001-2004, based on two shipwrecks of 1862-class canal schooners discovered in Lake Champlain.

Launched in 2004, Lois McClure has completed eleven journeys. Over 5,200 miles on the region’s inland waterways have carried the schooner south to New York City, west to Buffalo and Lake Ontario, and north to Quebec City, engaging people in history and archaeology at every port.

More than 220,000 visitors in 220 communities have stepped on board. This replica vessel has been the most effective outreach program LCMM has ever conducted, and is a leader in the world of Maritime Museums.

 

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is located on the shore of Lake Champlain at 4472 Basin Harbor Road in Vergennes, Vermont, across from the Basin Harbor Club. LCMM brings underwater discoveries and lake adventures to the public in exciting and imaginative ways.

The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 11, 2015. LCMM Members and children 5 and under receive free admission. For more information call (802) 475-2022 or visit www.lcmm.org.

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Rare French and Indian War Era Musket Donated to Fort Ticonderoga

(Ticonderoga, NY)  Through the keen eye of a museum supporter and generosity of an important donor, a rare British musket that may have seen use at Fort Ticonderoga has recently joined the museum’s collection enabling Fort Ticonderoga to more completely interpret the site’s remarkable history.

Wilson-Musket donated to Fort Ticonderoga

Wilson-Musket

Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections, Christopher Fox said “The donation of this Wilson musket fills an important and long-standing gap in the collection.  It is a type we know was used by troops who served at the Fort.  It is also an important reminder of the struggles armies sometimes faced in arming their troops in wartime and the great diversity of arms that found their way into military service as a result.”

The Wilson musket will be placed on exhibit this season in the museum’s highly acclaimed exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution. The exhibit, featuring over 150 weapons, tells the story of the use of military and civilian weapons in America during the 17th and 18th centuries. Fort Ticonderoga’s collection of 18th-century military objects is celebrated as one of the best of its type in the world.

During the French & Indian War, the London gun maker Richard Wilson produced muskets to arm the militias of several American colonies including New York, New Jersey, probably Massachusetts.  Though they bear similarities to muskets produced for the British army, the weapons produced by Richard Wilson are not “army” muskets, they are “commercial” or “contract” muskets.”  Their brass parts, stocks, and barrels resemble British army guns, but are simpler and lighter overall.  Of the estimated 4,000 contract weapons that may have been produced by Wilson, only a handful has survived through today.

The potential connection with Fort Ticonderoga’s history stretches back to the British army’s planned invasion of Canada and the disastrous attack on the French lines on July 8, 1758.  As British General James Abercromby was preparing his 17,000-man army, he had considerable difficulty obtaining enough weapons to arm his troops.  Among the weapons he was eventually able to acquire were 1,000 muskets owned by the City of New York.  These weapons had originally been purchased by the city from Richard Wilson in 1755.  While it is not known with absolute certainty, it is thought that at least some of those weapons were issued to New York Provincial troops.  Many of those troops took part in the battle before the French lines on July 8.  It is known, however, that many of Wilson’s muskets were used at Ticonderoga as numerous brass pieces of these guns have been recovered on the site during various periods of reconstruction.

About FORT TICONDEROGA:  America’s Fort ™

Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit “It would make a heart of stone melt” Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century.  Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo:  Wilson Musket, Fort Ticonderoga Museum Collection.