After a summer of excavations at Chimney Point, archeologists know more about the French fort which used to stand there in 1731.
Last fall, a local historian told me that they believed they had found a stone foundation of the fort. I have to admit I was surprised because the fort built there by the French was a wooden fort… and… it was replaced in 1733-1734 by Fort Saint-Frédéric, on the other side of the lake.
Well, there were further digs at the site last summer, and it is clear the stones are actually fireplace foundations, with the characteristic H shape (2 chimneys back to back). Well, the lead archeologist John Crock, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director, UVM Consulting Archaeology Program, at the University of Vermont, made a very interesting presentation on their work last September.
You could watch it (update 2021: not anymore) at “9,000 Years of Life Under the Bridge: The Archaeology of Chimney Point”.
I have to say, however, that I am doubting their conclusion: “the stones could be the fort bakery oven“.
“No way,” I say. An H shape doesn’t seem to be the right shape for a bakery oven!
I’d love to hear more on the subject!
Article: The Construction and Dismantling of Fort Pointe-à-la-Chevelure (Chimney Point, West Addison, Vermont), 1731-1735, Joseph-André Sénécal, 2016.