Crown Point The drive across the Lake Champlain Bridge is more than scenic. It’s historic.
That’s why the managers of the Crown Point State Historic Site and the Chimney Point (Vt.) Historic Site have decided to join forces for a guided walk across the span that links the two sites and states.
The event will begin at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28. The cost is $6 for adults and includes admission to the Chimney Point and Crown Point museums. Children younger than age 13 will be free. The tour is expected to take about two hours.
“If you’ve wanted to learn more about what you see as you walk or drive over the new Lake Champlain Bridge, join us for a guided walk,” said Tim Hughes, manager of the Crown Point site.
He’ll be joined by Elsa Gilbertson, manager of the Chimney Point site.
“We will lead a walk across the bridge and back and will discuss the 9,000 years of human history visible this important location on Lake Champlain,” Hughes said. “At this narrow passage on Lake Champlain, humans have crossed here, as well as traveled north and south on the lake since glacial waters receded over 9,000 years ago. The channel with its peninsulas, or points, on each side made this one of the most strategic spots on Lake Champlain for the Native Americans, and French, British, and early Americans in the 17th and 18th centuries.”
Hughes suggested people wear a hat and bring a camera and/or binoculars.
The Chimney Point museum has a new exhibit highlighting recent archeological findings. The Crown Point museum offers an audio-visual presentation on the site’s history.
The program will be repeated Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. beginning at the Chimney Point site and Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. beginning at the Crown Point site.
For information call the Crown Point State Historic Site at 597-3666.