WILLIAM & DEBORAH HILLYARD

Travel - Vermont

Introduction

Visit:
Vermont is a tall and narrow state, bordering Canada in the north, New York State in the West, Massachusetts in the south and New Hampshire in the east.  To date, that is late 2016, we have visited the very southern part around Pownal, Bennington and Shaftsbury, including a visit to Robert Frost's House, as well as further north to Rutland, Bridgewater and Hartford area.  On these trips we visited Hildene and the Marsh, Billings Rockefeller estates.  Being relatively close to our home, the border is only about 40 minutes drive away, we plan to take more visits there in the future.  One of the smallest states in the U.S., ranking at 45th in area, it has the lowest population of all the states except Wyoming. 

Created as an independent entity on January 15, 1777, it was called The Republic of New Connecticut until June 2, 1777, when the name change to Vermont; possibly derived from the French "les Verts Monts", meaning "the Green Mountains".  The constitution, adopted on July 8, 1777, was the first to abolish slavery and give all adult males the vote.  Women had to wait until 1880 to get their vote.  The Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777, was a turning point in the American War of Independence as it was the first major defeat of a British army. In fact, the battle was fought about 10 miles to the west of Bennington near Walloomsac in New York State.  The anniversary remains a legal holiday in Vermont known as "Bennington Battle Day".