Silver Lake History Hike – Sept. 10

Vermont Archaeology Month Event, 2017


Silver Lake History Hike

Sunday, September 10th, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Silver Lake

Meet at the public parking lot (Silver Lake trailhead) on Rt 53, south of Branbury State Park

Free: Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Researcher & author Bill Powers and retired National Forest archaeologist Dave Lacy will lead a hike to Silver Lake where they will highlight the history & archaeology of the area, from evidence of Native American use and the story of the 19th century settlement, to the development of a popular hotel/retreat on the lake shore, the 100th anniversary of a power generation dam & network, and several decades of National Forest management. Bill will be armed with a collection of historic photographs. PLEASE BRING water, lunch, appropriate walking shoes, & bug repellent and sunscreen if desired. Well-behaved (voice command or leashed) dogs welcome to join us.


Archaeology and the discovery of history at Fort Edward

The New York Times has an interesting article about archaeology at Fort Edward this summer, featuring, you guessed it, David Starbuck.

“Archaeology is its own catalyst,” Professor Starbuck said. “The things we find tell stories and create public interest. We’re generating story lines that I think people will come for in the years ahead.”

Starbuck, of course, was the archaeologist heading up the digs at Mount Independence in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And he gave a name to the historic waterway that made our region so important in his book The Great Warpath.

I am participating in a panel discussion this Sunday

I’ll be joining three other panelists discussing some recent research about Mount Independence State Historic Site this Sunday, July 23. The event starts at 2:00 and takes place at the Visitor Center auditorium at the Mount. You can learn more about the event here.

Lake Dunmore by Steamboat — a talk by Bill Powers, July 12

Middlebury Festival on the Green

One of the summer’s best events is the Festival on the Green in Middlebury. It’s a free, week-long music and arts festival taking place each year, and this year’s festival starts today. Here’s the lineup:

Click here for a PDF: FOG-SmallPoster-2017

Drive into town. You can’t miss it.

Coming soon to a bookstore near you!

Willard Sterne Randall’s name should be familiar to anyone with an interest in early United States history. He has written biographies of Ethan Allen, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson and other notables. His latest book departs from the biographical side of history for a broader look at America’s long struggle to become an independent nation. Surprisingly, that struggle doesn’t end with the Revolutionary War, but extends through the War of 1812, according to Randall.

The book is titled UNSHACKLING AMERICA: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution. It is a deeply researched, penetrating and exciting tale.

I am proud to say that I had a small part in the making of the Unshackling, as Will asked me to create two maps for the book.

“Randall brings to life the violent skirmishes that played out in the name of trade on sea, lake, and land.” —Publishers Weekly

The book is due out this coming Tuesday, June 27. You should be able to get a copy locally at the Vermont Book Shop in Middelbury.

Rediscovering a crashed Army plane that went down 60 years ago

I’ve attended Bill Power’s talk about the Army plane that crashed into the Green Mountains in the 1950s. It includes his first-hand account of relocating the crash site and the poignant closure for the family of one of the pilots.

He’s giving it again at the Brandon Library on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. It will be worth your time.

Nice TV report about the Lake Champlain Bridge

Hat tip to Lake Champlain Life for pointing out this nice story about the bridges that have spanned the narrow between Chimney Point and Crown Point.

This Place In History: Lake Champlain Bridge - Story 2017-06-11 09-10-24

Click the image to go to the page with this video.

Bill Powers presents a talk about the Forest Dale banjo factory – May 20

Banjo presentation 20 May 2017.JPG

A hike into history at Mount Independence this Saturday, May 6

Southern Battery

The central of three southern batteries started by the Americans in the late spring of 1777 and completed by German forces fighting for the British occupying the Mount after the American evacuation.

I’ll be one of three co-leaders of a hike along the rocky slopes of Mount Independence this Saturday, May 6. The hike will start at 1:00 p.m. with some show and tell at the museum, visitor center of artifacts found on site by archaeologists over the years. Then, we’ll venture out onto the trails, and even off trail, to explore the defenses built by American and British forces in 1776 and 1777. Learn more about the hike here.