Burlington VT

Lake Champlain, Burlington Hill Section, & Historic Shipwrecks

Lake Champlain ViewsThe Lake Champlain Quadricentennial brought some renewed attention to the lakes many shipwrecks. These Lake Champlain, particularly Burlington, shipping disasters must have been easily viewed from Burlington's Hill Section, where many of the historic homes here still feature widows walks. From these rooftop perches, captains could view their ships at anchor in Burlington Harbor and captains wives could view the safe return of their spouses.

Lake Champlain Historic Shipwrecks

Lake Champlain Shipwrecks are a Historic Part of Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is home to more that 300 historic shipwrecks! A recent Vermont Public Radio series details these historic shipping disasters on Lake Champlain (History Under the Waves).

This fascinating series describes the sinking of several ships including one of the first steamboats in the United States. The Phoenix was a side-wheel steamer active during the early 1800s. It sank engulfed in flames after a pantry fire spread throughout the ship on September 5, 1819. The ship sank just north of Burlington at Colchester Reef.

The tale of this disaster includes casualties, a theft, a lifeboat shortage, and the bravery of a substitute captain (the ships captain was home with the flu, his son filled in for him on this momentous occasion). Learn more about the Phoenix.

What's For Dinner? Find it at the Burlington Farmer's Market!

Carrots Burlington Farmers MarketAugust 2-8 is National Farmers Market Week and the best place to celebrate is the Burlington Farmers Market. This market is downtown at Burlington's City Hall Park. The food is unparalleled in quality and freshness. From Digger Mirth Collective arugula to Jericho Settlers Farm grass-fed beef, you will find the best of Champlain Valley.

Burlington Downtown - Five Sisters Neighborhood

The Farmers Market is every Saturday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm (May 9 - October 31) and features crafts, prepared foods, and the fresh produce. Farmers Markets are heralded for supporting farmers, strengthening local economies, and generally helping people stay healthy. The Burlington Farmers Market does all this with the flair of a European-style street market.