With so much history in Vermont to explore, we recommend you consider taking one of our thematic tours that unearth many of Vermont’s remarkable people, places and events. Each tour identifies a combination of state historic sites, roadside historic markers, museums, attractions and public places.
Together with the Vermont Travel Planner where you’ll find lodging, dining, shopping and recreational recommendations, planning a leisurely journey through time is as easy as 1-2-3 and almost as fun as the actual road trip!
Early Settlement Tour
Vermont’s earliest settlement dates back 1,200 years. Much later, in 1609, Samuel De Champlain is credited to have been the first European to visit the region, whereupon he claimed the fertile Lake Champlain valley for France. The region would change hands a number of times, finally becoming the Republic of Vermont in 1777, and joining the Union in 1791 as the 14th state. The majority of Vermont’s settlers came from southern New England where, in the 18th and 19th centuries, places like Connecticut and Massachusetts were viewed as already too crowded.
This tour recommends historic markers, State Historic Sites, and related museums and attractions that tell the stories of how Vermont was settled. For your travelling pleasure, you can locate small inns and B&Bs, recreational activities and great places to eat, at the Vermont Travel Planner.
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