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.
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 This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 44° 53.999′ N, 72° 57.417′ W. Marker is in Sheldon Junction, Vermont, in Franklin County.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. Touch for map. 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. Marker is in this post office area: Sheldon VT 05483, United States of America.
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 away); 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 Chester A. Arthur (approx. 6.8 miles away); Consuelo Northrop Bailey (approx. 6.9 miles away); Birthplace of Larry Gardner (approx. 7½ miles away); Camp Holbrook (approx. 7.7 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.)
Categories. • Notable Events • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2018, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.