Sheldon Junction in Franklin County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Attempted Canadian Invasion North of Here
1866 and 1870
After Civil War, two attempts of Irish patriots to invade Canada and set up a free Irish republic were repulsed between Franklin and Cook's Corners. Fenians gathered in St. Albans, marched via Sheldon to the border but were stopped by Canadian arms and U.S. authorities.
Erected 1991 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • War, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 44° 53.999′ N, 72° 57.417′ W. Marker is in Sheldon Junction, Vermont, in Franklin County. Marker is on Vermont Route 105, 0.1 miles west of Sheldon Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker was located next to the bridge that crosses the Missisquoi River. It has been relocated to this new location which is much better and safer. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheldon VT 05483, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Elisha Sheldon (approx. 1.2 miles Sheldon, Vermont (approx. 1.4 miles away); Highgate Falls Lenticular Truss Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away); Chester A. Arthur (approx. 6½ miles away); a different marker also named Chester A. Arthur (approx. 6.8 miles away); Consuelo Northrop Bailey (approx. 6.9 miles away); Birthplace of Larry Gardner (approx. 7½ miles away); Patent Medicine in Enosburg Falls (approx. 7.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The State of Vermont has refurbished this historic marker and it has been reinstalled approximately 1/3 mile west of the previous location and at a large pull-off.
At its original location, the marker was difficult to access. There was no path and the shoulder was narrow and the traffic heavy and fast.
Also see . . . Fenian Raids. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 15, 2014.)
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