The Noble Failure: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley

I visited the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in late September 2023 and filmed this exhibit. The day was hot and humid. Mosquitoes were snacking on my blood all day. That blood must be tasty! Thus, the huffing and puffing you may hear is due to the humidity. Please check out the photos, stories and additionalContinue reading “The Noble Failure: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley”

“Is This a Real Yellow Submarine?”

“Yes! In the 1980’s, brothers Dwayne, Elmer and Steve Baker decided to build Lake Champlain’s first and only yellow submarine. Nothing quite like this had ever been built in the lake, so it took the Bskers a while to get the submarine officially registered with the Coast Guard and Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. WhenContinue reading ““Is This a Real Yellow Submarine?””

Joseph Roberts: American Civil War

Born on November 7, 1841, in Burlington, Vermont, Joseph Roberts decided to join the Union Army. On January 15, 1862, he enlisted at the age of 20. He mustered in on February 12, 1862 as a Private with Company C of the 7th Vermont Infantry. He mustered out March 30, 1864. Roberts re-enlisted January 17,Continue reading “Joseph Roberts: American Civil War”

Guilford Center Meeting House

From Society of Architectural Historians Archipedia: Authors: Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson “The dominant feature of its hamlet, this small but lovingly detailed building presents a mix of Vermont traditions from the 1830s. Now home to the local historical society, it was built to house Guilford’s Universalists, reusing timbers from the town’s dismantledContinue reading “Guilford Center Meeting House”

Philadelphia II Refurbishment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

“Philadelphia II In May 1989, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum began construction of a replica of the Philadelphia. To save time, LCMM boatbuilders used modern power tools in conjunction with traditional hand tools, but a period-correct blacksmith shop was built to forge the ironwork, including nearly 9,000 nails. Both natural and synthetic fibers for the riggingContinue reading “Philadelphia II Refurbishment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum”

GUIDED TOUR of the Lincoln Historical Society Museum

“Did you know that Lincoln, Vermont is named after Revolutionary War General Benjamin Lincoln?” “The Lincoln Historical Society (LHS) is dedicated to preserving the history of the Town of Lincoln, Vermont, which includes the communities of Downingsville, West Lincoln and South Lincoln. The LHS operates a museum located in a restored 19th-century farmhouse and barnContinue reading “GUIDED TOUR of the Lincoln Historical Society Museum”

“Bollard Move!”

“While winches were used to move boats out of the water, this object’s purpose was to secure ropes to either a vessel or a dock.  Known as a bollard, it kept vessels safely in port during loading and unloading of passengers and cargo.”-Lake Champlain Maritime Museum “History of bollards The term “bollard” first appeared inContinue reading ““Bollard Move!””

William Henry Sterling: American Civil War

William Henry Sterling was born on May 12, 1846 in Moriah, New York. At the age of 18, he enlisted at Plattsburgh, New York, on March 3, 1865. He mustered in “on the same date” on which he mustered in as a Private with Company F of the 5th New York Veteran Infantry Regiment. HeContinue reading “William Henry Sterling: American Civil War”

“A Winch and a Nod” How Do Winches Work?”

“These are winches! Winches are mechanical devices used to pull in or let out rope or cables. The cable wraps around the barrel-shaped portion while the winch holds it in place. These winches, which came from a boathouse at Cold Spring Camp in Milton, VT, are sometimes used by students to learn about simple maritimeContinue reading ““A Winch and a Nod” How Do Winches Work?””

South Hero Bicentennial Museum TOUR!

From the South Hero Bicentennial Museum Website: “Did you know South Hero has a wonderful museum filled with South Hero history? It’s called the South Hero Bicentennial Museum. We are open Wednesdays from 10 am – 1 Pm and Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm. Our museum is located at 317, Route 2 – twoContinue reading “South Hero Bicentennial Museum TOUR!”