Shipwreck History at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, VT

Don’t you find that it is often the “off the beaten path” or
“lesser known” places that end up being impressive and memorable? Sure the
massive chain restaurant can offer a great dinner but sometimes it’s the mom
and pop diner that serves the meal you won’t forget. In our area of Vermont
there are some amazing places that draw visitors here every year and we
encourage our guests to go to many of them. We don’t forget about the smaller, lesser-known
places though and if you like history, especially about shipwrecks, you will
appreciate the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
in Ferrisburgh, VT.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a non-profit museum
that is only open May through mid-October. It opened in 1986, starting in just
a small, old stone schoolhouse. Now, it boasts 18 buildings on two different
sites with an incredible collection, impressive exhibits, a store, boat shop,
blacksmith facilities, and an archeological conservation laboratory. Its entire
mission is to share the history of Lake Champlain as its dark waters contain
more than 300 historic shipwrecks. Some of the ongoing exhibits at the museum
include the rudder from the Champlain II that ran aground on the shores of New
York in 1875, and the watercraft center which holds the 35-foot, 1902 ice yacht
Storm King and a myriad of canoes,
kayaks, rowing skiffs, and sailboats. There is an outboard motors area that
houses 50 vintage outboard motors, an nautical archeology center, and the Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center to name just
a few of the great things you will see. You can read about their special 2015
exhibits here.

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This fascinating
museum is only 20 minutes from our inn, making it a great outing during your
time with us. We can offer some great dining and shopping suggestions too so
don’t forget to ask before you leave! Book your favorite room online or call
anytime for further information.

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