Lake Champlain Books
“Here a scene of indescribable sublimity burst upon us. Before us lay the waters of Lake Champlain, a sheet of unruffled glass, stretching some ninety miles to the south, widening and straitening as rocks and cliffs projected in the most fantastic shapes into the channel. On each side is a thick and uninhabited wilderness, now rising up into mountains, now falling into glens, while a noble background is presented toward the east by the Green Mountains, whose summits appear even to pierce the clouds. On the west mountains still more gigantic in loftiness, pride and dignity. I cannot by any powers of language do justice to such a scene.”
R.G. Gleig, a member of Gen. Fraser’s staff, June 1777
( at his first view of Lake Champlain )
In the Lake Champlain Books section of Lake Champlain Life we feature a variety of books that deal with the people, history, science and natural beauty of 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.Buy Here
Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is located between New York’s majestic Adirondacks and Vermont’s famed Green Mountains. Yet despite the beauty of this region, it has been the site of dark and mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America’s bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand guard.
Champlain’s islands–Stave, Crab, Valcour and Garden–all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and in the forests surrounding the lake.Buy Here
Chartered in 1763 and rumored to be one of Vermont”s best-kept secrets, Colchester is among the state”s oldest and largest communities, with twenty-seven miles of shoreline on Lake Champlain. Colchester”s spirit reflects the bustling industrial activity of Winooski Falls and the agrarian roots of its pioneers. Ethan and Ira Allen were notable early residents, as was the flamboyant Captain Mallett, after whom Lake Champlain”s largest bay is named. Order Here
Author: David Robinson
Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain, with views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, Burlington, Vermont has attracted visitors and residents alike since the late eighteenth century.
Burlington”s story is about community and people; sometimes poignant, often eccentric, but always intriguing. More than 200 photographs from selected sources take Burlington from 1860 to 1960.ORDER TODAY
Outlaws of The Lakes
Since early colonial times, Lake Champlain, the Great Lakes and the Upper St. Lawrence have been smugglers’ highways. Smugglers kept commerce alive in Canada in the early nineteenth century, contributed to the British-Canadian victory in the War of 1812, and carried escaped slaves to freedom in Canada in the decades before the American Civil War. Buy Here
Essex on Lake Champlain (Paperback)
Author: David C. Hislop, Jr.
Essex is located on the shoreline of Lake Champlain near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The town was important for its role in lake commerce, shipping goods down the Champlain Canal to the burgeoning markets during America’s golden age of expansion.
The town contains a remarkable collection of Greek Revival buildings from 1820 to 1860, its period of national significance, that are still intact today.Order Now
Chronicles of Colchester
its charter in 1763, Colchester has been known for its remarkable early settlers, among them Ira Allen, founder of the state of Vermont, and for its picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Champlain. The author combines interviews, historical documents and personal research in this series of articles on Colchester”s past and traces the stories of the town”s oldest families, summer evenings dancing at Bayside Pavilion to the keeping of the Colchester Reef Lighthouse. With a fresh perspective on twice-told tales “Chronicles of Colchester” captures the hearty spirit of this Lake Champlain community.Order Here
Plattsburgh was founded in 1784 by Zephaniah Platt. This city on the shores of Lake Champlain has been of military and commercial importance for more than 200 years. Plattsburgh’s waterways provided access to the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canada to the north and the Hudson Valley to the south. This location served to make the American victory at the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1814 critical to the young nation’s independence and allowed commerce to flourish during the 19th century. In addition to a military history that spans from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War, Buy Here
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