I did a little research on Lake Champlain today. Occasionally referred to by locals as the “sixth” Great Lake, Lake Champlain was “discovered” by Samuel Champlain in 1609. It is 125 miles long, by an average of 14 miles wide and has a maximum depth of ~400’.
Perhaps even more interesting, certain exposed formations on its most northerly island, Isle La Motte, indicate it is the earliest ancestor of the of today’s coral reefs … dating. The Chazy Reef, formed during the Ordovician carbonate formation some 450 million years ago, contains fossils of long extinct plants and animals.
Outdoor Nave with covered but open Apse and Altar
In 1666, the French built a fort on the site.
While the story cannot be positively confirmed, there is good reason to believe that John Philip Sousa, after seeing a flag flapping in the breeze while visiting the Isle La Motte was inspired to write his most well-known march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.
we passed the Fisk Homestead
where Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was visiting when word reached him that President McKinley had been shot; days later elevating him to the presidency.
The parsonage the Arthur family moved into in 1830
Who, like Teddy Roosevelt and Vermont’s other native son who became president, Calvin Coolidge, was serving as the nation’s vice president when the sitting president died.
Longley (built 1863)
Debbie bravely drove over all but one of these structures.Enroute back “home” we made a needed grocery run and still got back in time for wine, dinner and fireworks on the New York shore across the Lake from our campground.