Chimney Point Books

For those of you interested in learning more about Chimney Point and the history of the Native Americans and French in this area, consider reading these books.  All are available for purchase at the Chimney Point gift shop.

Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History home

Voyages of Discovery Book CoverThe most recent history of the Chimney Point area from Native American habitation through the French and Indian War period.  This publication presents the results of the 2007-2009 study Chimney Point and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation did in this area, in partnership with the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes, Vermont, and Vermont Public Television. (Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, 2009.) - $4.71 

The Western Abenakis of Vermont, 1600-1800

This book presents the rich history of the Western Abenaki in Vermont from just before contact with Europeans to 1800. Before European incursions began in the seventeenth century, the Western Abenaki Indians inhabited present-day Vermont and New Hampshire, particularly the Lake Champlain and Connecticut River valleys. This history of their coexistence and conflicts with whites on the northern New England frontier documents their survival as a people-recently at issue in the courts-and their wars and migrations, as far north as Quebec, during the first two centuries of white contacts.

Written clearly and authoritatively, with sympathy for this long-neglected tribe, Colin G. Calloway's account of the Western Abenaki diaspora adds to the growing interest in remnant Indian groups of North America. This history of an Algonquian group on the periphery of the Iroquois Confederacy is also a major contribution to general Indian historiography and to studies of Indian white interactions, cultural persistence, and ethnic identity in North America. (Google Books Overview - Calloway, Colin. G.,University of Oklahoma Press, 1990) - $24.95

The French Occupation of the Champlain Valley from 1609 to 1759

First published in 1938, this work continues to fascinate readers.  Pair with Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery for the story of the early French in the Champlain Valley. This is the only attempt at a connected account of more than 150 years of French dominion over northern Vermont and New York, from the moment Samuel de Champlain first saw the lake, which bears his name, until the conquest of the area by the English in 1759. It is thus of equal importance for the earliest history of the two states as it is to that of the Province of Quebec. (Coolidge, Guy Omeron.,  Fleischmanns, NY:  Purple Mountain Press, 1999.) - $19.00

The Original Vermonters: Native Inhabitants, Past and Present.

This book uses the archaeological record to reveal the long history of the first inhabitants of Vermont and their continued presence to this day. A highly readable, scholarly history of the native inhabitants and cultures of Vermont, covering the arrival of the Paleoindians, Abenakis and Iriquois. The authors examine how these cultures lived in Vermont for at least ten thousand years before the Europeans arrived, and what has been their fate ever since. This second edition contains thirteen additional years of archaelogical research including new information on the Abenakis and the origins of farming in Vermont. (Haviland, William A. and Marjory W. Power.,University Press of New England, 1994) - $24.95