Set 1 of My Favorite Vermont Photographs
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

This week I feature mostly photographs that were sent  to me of scenes in nearby Vermont
Vermont with its Green Mountain ranges and small dairy farms  and apple orchards is a very historic state

Vermont ---

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Vermont is the 6th least extensive and the 2nd least populous of the 50 United States. It is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont's western border, which it shares with the state of New York. The Green Mountains are within the state. Vermont is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north.

Originally inhabited by two major Native American tribes (the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki and the Iroquois), much of the territory that is now Vermont was claimed by France during its early colonial period. France ceded the territory to the Kingdom of Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War (also called the French and Indian War). For many years, the nearby colonies, especially New Hampshire and New York, disputed control of the area (then called the New Hampshire Grants). Settlers who held land titles granted by these colonies were opposed by the Green Mountain Boys militia, which eventually prevailed in creating an independent state, the Vermont Republic. Founded in 1777 during the Revolutionary War, the republic lasted for fourteen years. Setting aside the Thirteen Colonies, Vermont is one of only five U.S. states (along with Texas, Hawaii, California, and the briefly declared Republic of West Florida) to have been a sovereign state in its past. In 1791, Vermont joined the United States as the 14th state, the first outside the original 13 Colonies. It abolished slavery while still independent, and upon joining the Union became the first state to have done so.

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Vermont is into water and energy conservation with its outhouses, solar panels, and wind mills

Make your hotel reservations about a year in advance for foliage season


Another popular season is ski season
Two of the most popular ski mountains are at Killington and Stowe, but there are various others for
people wanting smaller crowds and mountain variety


Lake Champlain ---

Lake Champlain (French: lac Champlain) is a natural, freshwater lake in North America, located mainly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) but partially situated across the Canada-United States border in the Canadian province of Quebec.

The New York portion of the Champlain Valley includes the eastern portions of Clinton County and Essex County. Most of this area is part of the Adirondack Park. There are recreational opportunities in the park and along the relatively undeveloped coastline of Lake Champlain. The cities of Plattsburgh and Burlington are to the north and the village of Ticonderoga in the southern part of the region. The Quebec portion is located in the regional county municipalities of Le Haut-Richelieu and Brome-Missisquoi.

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Vermont is also home of the famous Justin Morgan horse

When we lived near Tallahassee, Florida  one of our horses was a Morgan Horse
The Morgan Horse was one of the most important horses ever bred in America
Justin Morgan invented his horse in Vermont
This is my daughter Lisl on our Morgan Horse named Travis in the early 1980s
Morgan horses come in most sizes but are smaller than draft horses
Travis was a young and only about 14 hands at the withers
He was a lovable no brainer relative to the intelligent quarter horse mare on my right

Morgan's generally have at thick neck
This a a very friendly Morgan down the road from our cottage in New Hampshire

Justin Morgan Had a Horse --- Click Here

Morgan Horse ---

The Morgan horse is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States. Tracing back to the foundation sire Figure, later named Justin Morgan after his best-known owner, Morgans served many roles in 19th-century American history, being used as coach horses and for harness racing, as general riding animals, and as cavalry horses during the American Civil War on both sides of the conflict. Morgans have influenced other major American breeds, including the American Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse and the Standardbred. In 1907, the US Department of Agriculture established the US Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury, Vermont for the purpose of perpetuating and improving the Morgan breed; the farm was later transferred to the University of Vermont. The first breed registry was established in 1909. There are estimated to be over 175,000 Morgan horses in existence worldwide as of 2005.

The Morgan is a compact, refined breed, generally bay, black or chestnut in color, although they come in many colors. Used in both English and Western disciplines, the breed is known for its versatility. The Morgan is the state animal of Vermont and the state horse of Massachusetts. Popular children's authors, including Marguerite Henry and Ellen Feld, have portrayed the breed in their books; Henry's Justin Morgan Had a Horse was later made into a Disney movie.

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Morgan horses could do almost anything on a farm, including pulling a plow or cart as shown below


Up here we generally think of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont
Each set of mountains has multiple subsets of mountain ranges and National forests
Interestingly, when you get above these mountains to the north, the Quebec land turns into more prosperous farms on level ground
New England in general does not have the most prosperous farms largely because rocky and mountainous forests do not have good soil

Green Mountains of Vermont ---

The Green Mountains are a mountain range in the U.S. state of Vermont. The range runs primarily south to north and extends approximately 250 miles (400 km) from the border of Massachusetts to Quebec, Canada. All mountains in Vermont are often referred to as the "Green Mountains". However, other ranges within Vermont including the Taconics, and Northeastern Highlands are not geologically part of the Green Mountains.

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The Long Trail of the Green Mountains ---
This is a 272-mile mountain climbing trail that extends between the northern and southern borders of Vermont


Porter C. Thayer Historical Photographs (Vermont) --- C. Thayer Photographs


Photographs of Vergennes (Oldest Village in Vermont) ---


Vermont Historical Society ---


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On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
and Vermont's Green Mountains to the West


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