Where does the Name Vermont Come from?

You cannot believe everything you read on the internet. If you’ve read that the word “verts monts” (green mountains) was first used by Samuel de Champlain in 1609, we believe it’s wrong. An excellent, well-referenced – but yet incomplete – article by Joseph-André Sénécal*, a University of Vermont professor, now retired, looked into the question….

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President Coolidge House

Vermont’s State Historic Sites are all interesting, but President Calvin Coolidge Homestead is definitely my favorite. So, if you find yourself near Woodstock or Quechee, or Killington, don’t miss the chance to go and visit (in the summer or fall of course). In the middle of the cute and tiny village of Plymouth Notch, surrounded…

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Historic Vermont Towns

Often, time has left the historic Vermont village centers just like they were in the 19th century, with their white church, its steeple or town meeting hall dominating the green, mountain backdrops and…

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Map of Champlain’s Travels

2008 and 2009 have been all about celebrating Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of New France, first with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City in 2008 and then the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain in 2009. Being involved in these celebrations in different ways, I noticed that there was no…

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Battle of Hubbardton Reenactment

Note: The dates for 2012 Battle of Hubbardton Reenactment are July 7-8. The Battle of Hubbardton is the only American Revolution battle which took place entirely in Vermont. The date was July 7, 1777. Every year, you can attend the reenactment of the battle on Sunday morning. Around 2 to 300 hundreds reenactors come from…

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