Vermonters can vote on state landmarks

In preparation for the Save-A-Landmark program's tenth anniversary next year, sponsor Hampton Hotels is asking Vermont residents to visit to help select which All-American Landmark in their state will be refurbished in 2010. The selection can only be seen at www.hamptonlandmarks.com.

Since the program began in 2000, Save-A-Landmark has been dedicated to preserving America's historical, fun and cultural landmarks that reside along the nation's highways.

Voters who log on to hamptonlandmarks.com will be directed to choose their favorite among several landmarks from Vermont, and can also vote for a landmark in each of the other states the program will be visiting next year. The deadline for voting is Nov. 30.

The landmark candidates from Vermont are:

•Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. At 192 years old, Ethan Allen's homestead stands in good condition. Allen built the home at age 50 when he returned to Burlington with his wife Fanny and their children. Allen only enjoyed this Vermont home for two years, after which he passed away. Allen is a very intricate part of Vermont and America's history. He is one of the first settlers of Vermont and notably helped it become a state. He is perhaps more well-known for capturing Fort Ticonderoga at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

•St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery. The Athenaeum fills two roles: it serves the people of St. Johnsbury by enriching their lives, and it stands as a regional and national treasure, a monument to the nineteenth-century belief in learning. The Athenaeum is a legacy of the Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, inventors and manufacturers of the world's first platform scale, who gave the Athenaeum to the town of St. Johnsbury in 1871.

•American Precision Museum, Windsor. Founded in 1966, the American Prescision Museum is housed in the Robbins and Lawrence Armory, now a National Historic Landmark. Using its fine collection of historic American machine tools, the museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts and celebrates the skill and creativity of our forebears. The production of interchangeable parts developed here in the Connecticut River Valley, and led to the birth of other industries like clocks and bicycles which made mass production and consumer society possible.

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