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The Tercentenary Celebrations on Lake Champlain

In 2009 the region celebrates the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain by Samuel de  Champlain. 100 years earlier, Vermont, New York and Quebec invited the world to come see and celebrate what the intrepid French Explorer had foundó a rich and beautiful place which had been inhabited by native peoples for generations before. This is Part VI of the story of those festivities.

By James P. Millard

Part VI
Friday, July 9 at Isle la Motte, Vermont


Vermont's Tercentenary Report continues with the events at Isle la Motte...1

"The exercises of Friday were held at Isle la Motte and the steamer Ticonderoga took a large number of members of patriotic societies and other visitors from Burlington and Plattsburgh, landing them near the site of old Fort St. Anne, the first settlement within the limits of what is now the State of Vermont. Two troops of the 15th United States Cavalry and Company M., First Infantry, Vermont National Guard, accompanied the party.

The exercises opened with solemn high mass celebrated at the shrine of St. Anne, Rt. Rev. James N. Burke, Bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Albany, N.Y., officiating. Over sixty members of the clergy were present...

Click here to see Senator Hill delivering the welcome address at the Pavilion at Isle la MotteFollowing the religious exercises a recess was taken for luncheon, after which the literary exercises were held in the pavilion at the shrine of St. Anne...

Following the exercises at the pavilion the assemblage, headed by the band, and escorted by Company M, Vermont National Guard, marched to the crest of the hill where, near the roadside, a boulder had been erected by the patriotic societies of Vermont women on which a bronze table had been placed, bearing the following inscription:

In Honor of the First White Men who Fortified this Island in 1666
In Memory of the Sacrifices and Valor of
Colonel Seth Warner and Captain Remember Baker
Green Mountain Boys and Patriots
To Commemorate the Campaign of General Montgomery
Who Encamped near this Spot with 1200 Men in 1777
This tablet is Erected by the
Patriotic Societies of Vermont Women

The St. Albans Choral Union, two hundred strong, sang with splendid effect the beautiful and patriotic song," To Thee, O Country."

Mrs. Edward Curtis Smith of St. Albans presided over the exercises. Mrs. F. Stewart Stranahan, State Regent of the Vermont Society, Colonial Dames, delivered an address of welcome.

The presentation to the State was made by Mrs. Clayton N. North, of Shoreham, State Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the monument was unveiled by Miss Dorothea Smith, daughter of ex-Governor and Mrs. Edward Curtis Smith, of St. Albans, and by Harry Hill of Isle la Motte.

Governor Prouty accepted the monument on behalf of the State.  The "Star Spangled Banner," sung by the Choral Union, aroused great enthusiasm, the entire assemblage joining in the chorus.

A feature of the exercises was the presence of Mrs. E.S. Parker, of St. Johns, Quebec, a great-granddaughter of Seth Warner, who occupied the seat of honor and laid a beautiful wreath on the monument.

The Indian pageants, which had been a feature of the exercises during each day of the Tercentenary week, were presented on the lake front near the site of old Fort St. Anne."1

 Continued here...  

1 THE TERCENTENARY CELEBRATION OF THE DISCOVERY OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN AND VERMONT: A Report to the General Assembly of the State of Vermont. 1910: Issued by the Lake Champlain Tercentenary Commission of Vermont. Montpelier, Vermont: The Capital City Press

LA GRANDE SEMAINE:  F TES DU TROISI»ME CENTENAIRE DE LA DCOUVERTE DU LAC CHAMPLAIN. 1909: RDIG PAR J.-ARTHUR FAVREAU. Secrťtaire de la Sociťtť Historique Franco-Amťricaine. Worcester, Massachusetts: Compagnie De Publication Belisle.

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