Hidden History of Franklin County, Vermont

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Tucked between the Canadian border and Lake Champlain, Franklin County was one of colonial America’s earliest economic, military and cultural byways. From Native American occupation to America’s early wars and bootlegging, many of the region’s stories remain untold. Revolutionary War heroics in Swanton included skirmishes over Simon Metcalf’s prized sawmill. Tory families settled in the border town of Highgate right after the war, mistakenly believing they were in Canada. Lake Champlain and the small rivers of the county were a key resource for the once-thriving ice harvesting industry. From the development of the first poor farms to the “Back to the Land” movement, the region has experienced fascinating social and economic change. Join local historian and author Jason Barney as he unveils the area’s forgotten past.
ISBN: 9781467147606
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Vermont
Series: Hidden History
Images: 56
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jason Barney grew up in northern Vermont and received a public school education. His interest in history started at Highgate Elementary when he was just a kid. While he loved social studies classes at an early age, he also fondly remembers his father and grandfather keeping binders on family genealogy. What started out as an intense interest in the American Civil War and World War II turned into a love of high school history classes. He looks back on his time at Missisquoi Valley Union High School and knows that is when his desire to be a teacher was first started. Jason graduated from high school in 1993 and attended the College of Saint Joseph’s in Rutland, Vermont. The history courses in college were more in-depth, more detailed and a lot of fun. Jason completed the necessary requirements to become a teacher. Prior to embracing a career in education, Jason ran for public office. Between the years of 1997 and 2002, he represented the towns of Franklin and Highgate in the Vermont legislature. By the time he left, he had attained the position of vice-chairmen of the Education Committee. From there, he moved into teaching. He has taken up the mantle from his own wonderful teachers and has been in front of classrooms for eighteen years. The longer he teaches, the more he likes it. His intense interest in local history has allowed him to become president of the Swanton Historical Society. Presently, Jason lives in St. Albans, Vermont, with his wife, Christine Eldred, and his son, Samuel. They own three acres not too far from Lake Champlain. Jason loves to garden, read, write and teach. He is a huge Star Trek fan and maintains the Star Trek Timeline, which has been published multiple times by Pocket Books. He is forty-five years old. Jason’s first book, Northern Vermont in the War of 1812, was published by The History Press in 2018.
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