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Photographs of Vergennes (Vt.)

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This collection contains 788 images comprising 122 years of history in Vergennes, Vermont’s oldest city. Featuring a wide range of topics, which date from the 1866 Civil War parade to the 1988 Bicentennial, the collection provides a comprehensive and unusual look at small town life in northern Vermont. These photographs document the full visual spectrum of history in Vergennes, from businesses, industries, and transportation to natural scenery, paintings, and portraits of people who once walked the city’s streets.

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Published:  May 06, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

Rights:  The photographs in this collection are protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. You are free to share these works as long as you give appropriate credit, do not use these works for commercial purposes, and do not change them in any way.


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Title:   Sail Ferry Arnold's Bay

Date:  1896

Resource type:   color slides

This Ferry ran from Arnold's bay in Panton to Westport, New York. It was chartered in 1795 to Peter Ferris of Panton then to Friend Adams then to Loyal Spaulding then to Patric Simon who ran it till 1910. This picture was taken in 1896. It was a new boat bought by SImon.

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    Title:   Schooner on Lake Champlain

    Date:  1888

    Resource type:   color slides

    Schooner-rigged canal boat off the mouth of Otter Creek. Boats of this type were numerous during the latter half of the 19th century and many a steamboatman got his early training on these schooners. Capt. George Rushlow, for many years general manager of the Champlain Transportation Co's fleet on Lake Champlain and Lake George, got his captain's title as master of the Canal schooner "Mike." This picture from guide book of 1888.

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      Title:   Split Rock

      Resource type:   color slides

      Lake Champlain Split Rock

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        Title:   Steamer

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          Title:   Steamer Nellie

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            Title:   Steamer on Lake Champlain

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              Title:   Summer Camp

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                Title:   Tied up at Shade Roller Factory

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                  Title:   Vergennes Bicentennial 1988

                  Date:  1988

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                    Title:   Vergennes Falls 1850

                    Date:  1850

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                    Vergennes was incorporated a city in 1788. There was a sawmill at The Falls as early as 1765. In 1766, Donald MacIntosh, a soldier under Wolfe at Quebec, erected a cabin below the Falls and high up on the North bank. He became the first permanent settler, dying in Vergennes in 1803. The Falls, with a drop of about 35 feet has furnished power to many industries since the first sawmill of 1765 and those shown in the engraving of 1850 gave some idea of the business around them at the that time. The picture does not include all the mills as there were many on the North bank which are not shown. The name "Robinson Del" in the lower right hand corner of the engraving may refer to Rowland T. Robinson as he was a capable artist in addition to being a famous Vermont writer.

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                      Title:   Vermont

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                                Title:   Vermont

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                                    Title:   Vermont

                                    Date:  1893

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                                    The old two-stacker "Vermont" going North on an afternoon in 1893. This beautiful shot was made by Harvey Ingham, an artist and an excellent photographer of Vergennes. It is taken looking West off Diamond Island, the "Vermont" skirting the base of Split Rock Mountain heading for Essex, her next stop. Leaving Westport about 3pm, she would reach this spot about 3:30.

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                                      Title:   Victor

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                                      The Wharf, Vergennes, Vt.

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                                        Title:   Victor

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                                          Title:   Victor - Daniels

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                                          The Victor, Vergennes, Vt. Daniels steamboat.

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                                            Title:   Victor-steamer

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                                            Daniels steamboat

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                                              Title:   Water Lily

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                                                Title:   Water Lily 1867

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                                                The Str. Water Lily, Capt. Louis Daniels, Master, on her way up Otter Creek. The Water Lily, a small steamer built about 1867, plied between Vergennes and Port Henry, later between Vergennes and Westpot. She left Vergennes in the morning around 8 A.M., making intermediate stops and landing at Westport around 10 A.M. in time to connect with the Str. Vermont going South. She left Westport after the return of the "Vermont" from Ticonderoga, with passengers for Vergennes.

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                                                  Title:   Water Lily Capt. Lewis Daniels

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