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Lake Champlain Historic Sites

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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Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk

Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk

Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk

Lake Champlain Bridge

Learn the history of what surrounds you as you walk across the Lake Champlain Bridge on a guided walk Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Chimney Point site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and Crown Point site manager Michael Roets lead this guided round trip walk. Meet at Chimney Point. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Vermont Archaeology Month Program.

Cost: $6.00

Contact: 802-759-2412

Event Date:

Sunday, September 25, 2016:

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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Crown Point State Historic Site Museum, Bird Banding Station open

Crown Point State Historic Site Museum, Bird Banding Station  open

The Crown Point State Historic Site Museum and Bird Banding Station will open for the 2016 season Saturday, May 7.

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The Crown Point peninsula, jutting northward into Lake Champlain, serves as a trap for birds migrating north making it an ideal location for the banding station. 18,604 individual birds have been banded at this station since 1976 representing 106 different species of birds including 28 different species of colorful warblers. The Museum will be open from Saturday, May 7 to Monday, Oct. 17, Thursdays to Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Sinking of the General Butler

The Sinking of the General Butler – a video with Art Cohn

In this video Art Cohn, founding director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, tells the exciting story of the sinking of the General Butler, which sank in the Burlington harbor over a hundred years ago.


About the General Butler

The General Butler was built in 1862 in Essex, New York. The boat was named after Benjamin Butler, a Massachusetts lawyer and businessman. Who was also a general during the Civil War. General Butler fought in some important battles at the start of the war. The ship was a typical Lake Champlain sailing canal boat – designed to sail on the lake and when masts were removed and centerboard raised, could travel though the Champlain Canal.

She was under the command of her third owner, Captain William Montgomery of Isle La Motte on her last voyage on December 9, 1876 when a powerful winter gale struck while sailing up the lake. Upon approaching Burlington, the Butler‘s steering mechanism broke. The captain rigged a tiller bar to the steering post in an attempt to maneuver the ship around the breakwater. But the attempt was unsuccessful and the schooner crashed into the breakwater. The force of the water was so great that the craft was repeatedly lifted on top of the ice-covered stones. One by one each of the ship’s crew made the perilous jump onto the breakwater. The captain was the last to leave the ship which immediately sank into the 40’ of water where she now rests.

sinking of the General Butler

Sonar image of General Butler. from LCMM

After narrowly escaping death by drowning, the Butler‘s survivors now risked freezing to death on the breakwater. They all would have perished but for the heroic intervention of Burlington ship chandler James Wakefield and his son, who rowed out in a 14’ boat and took all five to safety. The Butler was declared a total loss. Artifacts from the General Butler are now on display at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Basin Harbor facility.



Guns Over The Champlain Valley:
A Guide To Historic Military Sites And Battlefields
Author: Coffin, Howard

The Champlain Valley is one of the most historically rich regions of the country. Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga, Fort William Henry, Crown Point, Plattsburgh, Bennington and Valcour Island all lie along the ancient warpath that is the Champlain Corridor.
In this lively and informative new travel guide to historic places and events, the author leads you to each venue, describing the events and their long-lasting impact.  Adventure awaits you with Guns over the Champlain Valley.
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