The Kids' Guide to the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites

PREHISTORY AND FRENCH VERMONT

      Contemporary Abenaki mask and historic stone arrowheads.

Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison

At Chimney Point, you’ll be standing on a hill overlooking Lake Champlain where people have been taking in the view for 9,000 years! That’s 6,989 more years than the 2,011 that we've been keeping track of.

Native Americans were the first to occupy this important part of Lake Champlain. They regularly hunted and fished here. About 400 years ago Vermont's first white settlers – the French – built a fort in the exact same location. Later English and American settlers lived and worked here too.

This is the place to visit to learn about Vermont's Native American, French and early American heritage. You’ll also learn about archeology. Archeology tells us a lot of what we know about these first Vermonters and early settlers.

For more information: www.historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/chimney_point ; (802)759-2412
(Closed for the 2011 season due to the construction of the Champlain Bridge)

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