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Bread Loaf in Middlebury in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Ancient Paths

 
 
Ancient Paths Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2005
1. Ancient Paths Marker
Inscription.  Vermont is crossed by a complete system of ancient major routes from the Lake Champlain Valley to the Connecticut River Valley leading eventually to the sea. Paths were first made by migrating herds of animals searching for salt, and later by Native Americans as they hunted, traded, and made contact with neighboring tribes. These paths were widened by the early Europeans as they migrated and settled. The trail along the Otter Creek, with its popular portage, was known as "The Indian Road". Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River were major north-south paths. Other streams served as east-west connections.

Placed in memory of Mrs. Charles (Ruth) McCarty, State Regent
Erected by the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.
Project of the 2000-2003 Administration
Mary Ann Groome Helper, National President

 
Erected by National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
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Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists series list.
 
Location. 44° 0.873′ N, 73° 10.138′ W. Marker is in Middlebury, Vermont, in Addison County. It is in Bread Loaf. Marker can be reached from Main Street (State Highway 30) 0.1 miles south of Seymour Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located along the walking path in Riverfront Park, overlooking Otter Creek and Middlebury Falls. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middlebury VT 05753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battell Block (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mill District (about 500 feet away); Marble Works Memorial Bridge (about 500 feet away); Emma Willard Memorial (about 500 feet away); Samuel Miller, Esq. (about 600 feet away); Charter House (about 600 feet away); John Deere (about 700 feet away); Middlebury Civil War Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlebury.
 
Otter Creek and Riverfront Park<br>(<i>looking north from Otter Creek Bridge</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2005
2. Otter Creek and Riverfront Park
(looking north from Otter Creek Bridge)
(Marker is obscured by trees in the background)
Middlebury Falls (<i>looking south from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2005
3. Middlebury Falls (looking south from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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