Paddling past a dairy farm on the Chazy River in New York.
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Cultural Heritage Sites

Click here to view enlarged map as 399 KB PDF file. The sites shown on the Cultural Heritage Sites Map [399 KB] provide insight into the area's rich history spanning more than 10,000 years. Together these sites tell the story of native cultures, early European settlement, important military fortifications and battles, agricultural prosperity, and industrial development in the region.

Thousands of Native American archeological sites have also been recorded, but since none are open to the public, they are not shown on the map. Native American history is interpreted at the Chimney Point State Historic Site (Addison, VT), the Abenaki Tribal Museum and Cultural Center (Swanton, VT), and the Six Nations Indian Museum (Onchiota, NY).

Major historic sites in the Basin as well as small homesteads and museums stimulate local economies and provide enjoyable activities for visitors and residents alike. In July 2004, the Lake Champlain Martime Museum launched the Lois McClure, an 88-foot long replica canal schooner. This boat will spend its inaugural summer touring Lake Champlain. In 2005 it will embark on an historic journey to New York City, via the Lake Champlain Canal. Afterwards, the boat will be open to the public at Perkins Pier on the Burlington Waterfront.

Wayside Exhibits

A wayside exhibit in Burlington. The Lake Champlain Basin Program's interpretive wayside exhibits help local communities place their unique stories and historic sites in the broader context of places and events around the Lake. The exhibits include nature trails, heritage walks, tales of battles that shaped our region, and current efforts to clean-up Lake Champlain, restore rivers and prevent pollution. To date, the LCBP has provided technical and design assistance on about 100 exhibits around the Basin, some of which are bilingual in English and French.

Learn More About Wayside Exhibits For example, exhibits have been installed in Plattsburgh, Port Kent, and Whitehall New York, and Burlington and Vergennes, Vermont. Eighteen signs interpreting the natural history of Point au Roche State Park in New York were installed during the summer of 2002. For more information about these signs and how to create one for your community, visit the Resources page to download a copy of the Lake Champlain Wayside Exhibit Manual, or see copies of all the signs on the LCBP's Wayside Exhibit website.

Lake Champlain Lighthouses

Cover of Lake Champlain Lighthouses by George Clifford Although not depicted on the map, Lake Champlain lighthouses are being relit, one at a time. Private landowners, the Coast Guard, municipalities, historic organizations, and the public are working together to insure that the beacons shine brightly again. To date, Windmill Point Lighthouse in Alburg, the Isle LaMotte Lighthouse, Cumberland Head Lighthouse in Plattsburgh, and the Split Rock Lighthouse have all been relit. The U.S. Coast Guard now plans to relight the Valcour Island Lighthouse, also known as the Bluff Point Lighthouse in 2004. During the summer of 2003, lighthouse replicas were built and relit on Burlington, Vermont's breakwater.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program is pleased to have supported Cumberland Head Tommorrow's Lake Champlain Lighthouses booklet, which is available at many stores along the New York and Vermont shoreline. Sid Couchey, a Plattsburgh area artist who also drew Richie Rich and Little Lu Lu cartoons, has also created a poster, Lighthouses of Lake Champlain, showing the locations of all the Lake Champlain lighthouses.

Learn More... Lake Champlain Basin Program, 2004
Design: Nicole L. Ballinger (LCBP) | Maps: Northern Cartographic and LCBP