Inscribed on a state historic marker for Fort Dummer:
"Fort Dummer was established in 1724 by Lt Governor William Dummer of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The wooden fort was a northern outpost along the Connecticut River and one of the first permanent European settlements in what would become Vermont. Built to defend the colony against Abenaki and French attacks, it was a trading post from 1728 to 1750 while still manned by troops against skirmishes. Fort Dummer was garrisoned through the French & Indian War but abandoned in 1763 and dismantled by 1771. A granite monument was set to mark the original site of Fort Dummer in 1901 but was removed seven years later to the intersection of Vernon St and Cotton Mill Hill Rd before the 1909 completion of the Vernon Dam on the Connecticut River, which flooded he area".
Rich Holschuh takes a deeper look- beyond the words inscribed in historic markers like this one at Fort Dummer, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) memorial rock at the Retreat Farms- not just for the stories told, but for the stories untold.
Audio Production: Reg Martell
Research & Narration: Rich Holschuh
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