Monday, June 27, 2016

Skiffs to Sail Ferries: Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions

A Lake Champlain sail ferry (courtesy of the the Benson Museum, Benson, VT).Boat builder Douglas Brooks will present an illustrated program, “From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions,” at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 7 pm.

Brooks will share his extensive research on historic boatbuilding traditions in Vermont and his work recreating some of these historic vessels. 

Attendees are invited to share their information and stories with Brooks. The program is free and a Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau program.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site is located at 8149 VT Route 17, at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge. The building is a c.1785 historic tavern that became a summer resort in the late 1800s. The site presents the history of the three earliest cultures here—Native American, French Colonial, and early American. Call (802) 759-2412 for information. The site is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays through October 10, 9:30 am to 5 pm.

For information about Vermont’s State-Owned Historic Sites, click here.

Photo: A Lake Champlain sail ferry (courtesy of the the Benson Museum, Benson, VT).

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