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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Burlington, Vermont

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Burlington is the county seat for Chittenden County
Burlington is in Chittenden County
      Chittenden County (140)  
      Addison County (72)  
      Franklin County (30)  
      Grand Isle County (16)  
      Lamoille County (14)  
      Washington County (29)  
      Clinton County, New York (140)  
      Essex County, New York (213)  
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1Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — 103 Church Streetc.1820s
This may be one of the oldest buildings surviving on Church Street, possibly built in the 1820s and hidden behind a modern façade applied in the 1980s. Here, the famous jewelry firm of Pangorn and Brinsmaid was formed in 1832. Brinsmaid, who . . . Map (db m117838) HM
2Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — 2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment
On June 24, 1861, the first Vermont soldiers who enlisted for service in the Civil War for three years left Burlington for Washington by rail. Four days earlier, the 866 officers and men from across the state had been mustered into the Union Army . . . Map (db m75584) HM
3Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Andrew Harris 1814-1841First African American Graduate of the University of Vermont, 1838 — Abolitionist & Advocate of Black Equality —
"We consider it criminal in the sight of God and man, longer silently to submit to our indignities, or suffer them to be transmitted to posterity." Andrew Harris was one of the first African Americans to earn a college degree. The antislavery . . . Map (db m97754) HM
4Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Arahmi
Arahmi "A place where I would like to be," from the language of the people of the dawn who lived in harmony in this area for 10,000 or more years, the real discoverers and explorers of Vermont. This building was rebuilt from the spirit of . . . Map (db m118593) HM
5Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Athletic Park
Located on the streetcar line between Burlington and Winooski, Athletic Park was the home of the University of Vermont's baseball and football teams and track-and-field events from 1887 until Centennial Field opened in 1906. It was also where . . . Map (db m75483) HM
6Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Battery ParkScene of British Attack in War of 1812
Here in June 1813, a Vermonter, Lieut. Churchill, and men built a parapet and set up a battery. On Aug. 3 a British gunboat and 2 sloops, 1½ miles offshore, began a cannonade. This attack was repulsed in 20 minutes by the American Battery and . . . Map (db m75582) HM
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7Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Burial Place of General Ethan AllenBorn 1738 – Died 1789
The mortal remains of Ethan Allen, Vermont leader, fighter, writer and philosopher, lie in this cemetery beneath the marble statue, but his spirit is in Vermont now.Map (db m51646) HM
8Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Burlington Civil War Memorial1907
Erected by Stannard Womans Relief Corps in Memory of Our Soldiers and Sailor Dead 1861-1865 In honor of the brave men who victoriously defended the union on land and sea during the war of the great rebellion.Map (db m89144) WM
9Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Camp Burlington / Le Cantonnement des Troupes à Burlington
Between June of 1812 and June of 1815, Burlington’s War of 1812 military cantonment stood in this vicinity. Its structures included a guardhouse, stables, barracks, carpenters’ and blacksmiths’ shops, a large general hospital, officers quarters, . . . Map (db m200487) HM
10Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Captain John Lonergan1837 - 1902 — Hero of Gettysburg —
In this park on July 22, 1863, Vermont's only ethnic Civil War unit was welcomed home from the battle of Gettysburg. Lonergan commanded Co. A, 13th VT Regiment - the Irish Company - and he received the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle. . . . Map (db m88639) HM
11Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Celebrating ChamplainParades and Pagentry
In July 1609, Samuel de Champlain became the first European to set eyes on Lake Champlain. Three hundred years later, in July of 1909, communities around Lake Champlain celebrated the tercentenial of Champlain's expedition. Burlington marked the . . . Map (db m91649) HM
12Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Centennial Field
Named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the University of Vermont’s first graduating class, Centennial Field has been the home of UVM athletics since 1906. The three ballparks that have stood on this site have hosted semi-professional and . . . Map (db m23429) HM
13Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Chief Grey Lock
Abenaki Legend holds that Odzihozo, the creator of the Champlain Valley, turned himself into a rock island, which can be seen through the bandshell window to your left, so that he might view the valley forever. This statue honors Chief Grey Lock . . . Map (db m200485) HM
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14Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Chittenden County Trust Company1931
This Beaux Arts-style building, with its symmetrical marble facades, prominent cornices, sculptural ancient Greek and Roman details, and arched windows and doors, was designed by famed Boston architects Harper & West at the request of the . . . Map (db m93055) HM
15Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Church Street — Burlington, VT —
Had you stood at this location in the early 1800s, you would have had to lift your skirt off the dirt lane to step up onto the plank sidewalk or guard your hat from the danger of low wooden canopies. Pedestrians competed with horse and carriage on . . . Map (db m23579) HM
16Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Church Street Marketplace
In 1962 architecture student Bill Truex experienced the transformation of Stroget, Copenhagen's main shopping area from traffic-snarled nightmare to successful pedestrian mall. Seven years later, while on the Burlington Planning Commission, Truex . . . Map (db m89110) HM
17Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Church Street Marketplace
In 1962 architecture student Bill Truex experienced the transformation of Stroget, Copenhagen's main shopping area from traffic-snarled nightmare to successful pedestrian mall. Seven years later, while on the Burlington Planning Commission, Truex . . . Map (db m89112) HM
18Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — City Hall Park — Burlington, VT —
In 1797, a city planned grid system was laid out for Burlington, incorporating the few transportation routes that existed, including King, Pearl, Church and Battery Streets. At the city’s center, space was reserved for a park (now City Hall Park) . . . Map (db m23580) HM
19Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Dr. Charles N. Perkins
Perkins Pier was named for Dr. Charles N. Perkins, a Burlington physician for over 50 years. Dr. Perkins was born in Burlington on May 25. 1880, and died in Burlington on June 15. 1959. Dr. Perkins was a general practitioner, spending his entire . . . Map (db m178344) HM
20Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Ethan AllenPark is Site of Farm Owned by Hero of Ticonderoga
Putting behind him the martial deeds of a hero, Ethan came here in 1787 to till the soil as a peaceful farmer. On Feb. 12, 1789, he died here after a trip across the ice to South Hero. Memorial Tower was built on Indian Rock, traditional Algonquin . . . Map (db m75585) HM
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21Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Ethan Allen Park - Wilderness in the City
A century ago, most of this area was rural, but people were beginning to build houses here. William Van Patten owned many acres of land locally, and he wanted a park in this new neighborhood. He got on his old horse, Mattie, and let her find easy . . . Map (db m89149) HM
22Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Exchange Block1878
This impressive Italianate-style commercial building with a massive five-foot tall cast iron cornice was historically known as the Exchange Block. Designed by local builder William Townsend, the building was intended to stylistically complement the . . . Map (db m209095) HM
23Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Family and Religious LifeBurlington's Little Italy"Piccola Italia"
Imagine yourself back in time... As you walk up the steps into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception you are awed by the Gothic building's vaulted ceilings, soaring stained glass windows, marble altars, gilded tabernacles and . . . Map (db m200489) HM
24Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — First International Ice Hockey GamePremier Match International De Hockey Sur Glace
First International Ice Hockey Game In February 1886 the Burlington Coasting Club hosted a week-long Carnival of Winter Sports. In addition to parades and concerts, activities included coasting (bobsledding), ice skating, and snowshoe races. . . . Map (db m151137) HM
25Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — First Unitarian Universalist Society Meeting House
Designed by noted architect Peter Banner of Boston, the Federal-style Meeting House was built in 1816 for the First Congregational Society (Unitarian) and is the oldest surviving place of worship in Burlington. Banner's design features a projecting . . . Map (db m97755) HM
26Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — First Vermont Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade
In 1983, a group of lesbian feminists began planning for the first Vermont Pride march to be held in Burlington and invited the gay male community to join. At the time, public celebration of pride in Vermont was controversial. Vermonters attended . . . Map (db m203159) HM
27Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — General William Wells / Dr. H. Nelson Jackson(1837-1892) / (1872-1955)
General William Wells (1837-1892) In 1861 William Wells joined the First Vermont Cavalry as a Private and rose to the rank of Brevet Major-General. Promoted more times than any other Vermonter during the American Civil War, he participated in . . . Map (db m75549) HM
28Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — George Dewey, Admiral of the Navy, U.S.N.Henry T. Mayo, Vice Admiral, U.S.N
George Dewey, Admiral of the Navy, U.S.N. 1837-1917 Born in Montpelier, Vermont, George Dewey graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1858. Following service in the Civil War, he held several high-ranking administrative positions in the . . . Map (db m115266) HM WM
29Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Grace Goodhue Coolidge
On Oct. 4, 1905, at 2:30 p.m. in front of the bay window in the parlor of this house, Grace Goodhue married Calvin Coolidge of Plymouth Notch, VT. Calvin Coolidge became President of the United States and Grace served as First Lady from 1923-1929. . . . Map (db m75591) HM
30Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Green Mountain Club
The Green Mountain Club was born at a meeting of Vermont hiking enthusiasts in the Van Ness House hotel, which stood on this site from 1870 until it burned in 1951. The club's mission is to "make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life . . . Map (db m200490) HM
31Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Ground Beneath Your FeetBurlington Heritage Trail
If you were standing here 200 years ago, you'd be all wet. The natural shoreline ends about 500 feet behind you. Burlington's first dock was built here in 1810. Before that the waterfront consisted of raft logs tied to the shore. Cargo delivery was . . . Map (db m183081) HM
32Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Honor and Tradition
Honor and Tradition Name Comm Decomm USS Vermont (BB 20) 1907 1920 USS Plattsburg (SP 1645) 1918 1919 USS Converse (DD 291) 1920 1930 USS Dewey (DD 349) 1934 1945 USS Clark (DD 361) 1936 1945 USS Mayo (DD 422) 1940 1946 . . . Map (db m115267) HM WM
33Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Howard Bank Building
Howard Bank Building 1902 --------- This granite-faced brick building, designed and built by Hiram Salls, is a fine example of Renaissance Revival Classicism. Constructed for the Howard National Bank it replaced a smaller, c.1867 bank . . . Map (db m118014) HM
34Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Howard William Plant memorial
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35Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — In Memory of John Lonergan
In memory of John Lonergan a native of Ireland, who having made the United States his adopted country, defended it in the Civil War, and at the Battle of Gettysburg with distinction as Capt. Co. A, 13th VT Reg't., and was . . . Map (db m143257) HM WM
36Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — John DeweyPhilosopher and Pioneer in Modern Education
Born here on Oct. 20, 1859, John Dewey attended local schools and in 1879 graduated from the University of Vermont. Dewey was world-renowned as a philosopher and author of many books. Ideas drawn from his educational doctrines profoundly influenced . . . Map (db m75558) HM
37Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Lake Champlain Navy Memorial
Honoring Robert T. Stafford Vermont Governor-Congressman-United States Senator Captain United States Navy First Commanding Officer- Naval Reserve Center, Burlington Established in 1946, the Naval Reserve Center occupied this site in . . . Map (db m115269) HM
38Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Little Italy
Beginning in the early 1900s, the area directly to the east housed numerous emigrants. Many moved here from Italy with hopes to build better lives. Some worked in the lumber mills and railroad yards that bordered the lake. In the process, they . . . Map (db m75562) HM
39Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Mary Martha Fletcher(1830-1885)
Mary Fletcher, born in Jericho, Vt., moved here with her family at age 20. Following her father’s death, the family established Fletcher Free Library (1873). Mary Fletcher continued her parents’ benefactions. She founded Mary Fletcher Hospital . . . Map (db m75501) HM
40Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Masonic Templec.1897
The corner stone of the Masonic Temple was laid in an elaborate ceremony on October 20, 1897. The building was constructed for approximately $80,000 and was designed by John McArthur Harris of Wilson Brothers and Company, an architectural and . . . Map (db m200484) HM
41Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Mayor Francis Cain
"Burlington, a city of beauty, energy and hospitality" - Francis Cain, June 2017 Francis J. Cain served as Mayor of Burlington for three terms from 1965-1971. "Mayor Cain is an honest and realistic executive who perhaps has accomplished more . . . Map (db m200488) HM
42Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Neighborhood GroceriesBurlington's Little Italy"Piccola Italia"
Imagine yourself back in time... As you enter the corner grocery store, your senses are captivated by the aroma of the Italian cheeses- the provolone hanging from the ceiling, the freshly grated Romano, the feta and the gorgonzola. . . . Map (db m118736) HM
43Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Neighbors Helping NeighborsBurlington's Little Italy — "Piccola Italia" —
Imagine yourself back in time... If you were standing here in 1959, you would see a neighborhood that included a Catholic Cathedral, grammar and high schools and many small businesses such as gas stations, auto dealers and boat companies, . . . Map (db m118840) HM
44Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Pine Street Barge Canal
Imagine the year is 1870. You’re standing amongst acres of stacked, milled lumber that crowd the waterfront, destined for ports all over the world. Countless band saws screech and dust fills the air as mills and factories churn out their wooden . . . Map (db m176982) HM
45Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Quadricentennial CelebrationBurlington's International Waterfront Festival
During July 2009, the City of Burlington staged a 13-day International Waterfront Festival to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's bold expedition into the lake that today bears his name. The festival included artists, diplomats, . . . Map (db m91614) HM
46Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Saint-Joseph Parish
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47Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Samuel de Champlain1570-1635
Founder of New France. Dedicated July 2, 2009 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of his trip down the lake in the summer of 1609. Champlain College is forever grateful to Trustee Emeritus and friend John W. Heisse Jr., M.D. for commissioning . . . Map (db m87969)
48Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Site of the American House1808 - 1893
Site of the American House 1808-1893 Presidents Monroe, Van Buren, Pierce, Grant Generals Scott, Wool, Hampton Henry Clay, and other famous famous people entertained here.Map (db m21813) HM
49Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Site of the Old Gas Station
Original home of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Founded May 5, 1978 Placed in commemoration of their Tenth Anniversary Celebration June 4, 1988Map (db m89108) HM
50Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — The Battery
The battery of thirteen guns on this ground repulsed an attack of three British gunboats June 13 1813 It was the defense of Burlington and of the United States Army here encamped during the war of 1812 This tablet was erected by the Green Mountain . . . Map (db m75564) HM WM
51Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — The Battle of Plattsburgh Bay11 September 1812
During the War of 1812, the British again attempted to use Lake Champlain as an invasion route into the United States. Both American and British naval commands constructed large vessels in an effort to gain superiority for the impending battle. . . . Map (db m116682) HM
52Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — The Battle of Valcour Island11-13 October 1776
The Battle of Valcour Island 11-13 October 1776 In the fall of 1776 a British Naval force left Canada and embarked onto Lake Champlain in an effort to divide and conquer the rebelling thirteen colonies. Positioned off Valcour Island was a . . . Map (db m115264) WM
53Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — The Black Snake Affair
In 1808, the Federal government, reacting to unfair British policies, passed an Embargo Act, forbidding trade with Great Britain. The Champlain Valley relied on trade with British Canada and the Act was unpopular and significant smuggling . . . Map (db m98393) HM
54Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — The Lone Sailor
The Lone Sailor The original bronze sculpture stands at the center of the United States Navy Memorial in Washington DC. In honor of the historical naval actions on Lake Champlain, the Navy Memorial Foundation approved placing The Lone Sailor at . . . Map (db m115263) WM
55Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — The Meeting House
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56Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Trees for the 21st Century
Trees for the 21st Century A community response to the Great Ice Storm of 1998 Commemorated on May 25, 1998Map (db m200486) HM
57Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Union Station
Grand Central Station in miniature! That’s how proud Burlingtonians described their new train station in 1915. Like other public buildings across the country, Union Station was built to show travelers how sophisticated, wealthy, and up-to-date . . . Map (db m186489) HM
58Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Vermont / Steamer "Vermont"
Vermont Major Cross-State Route to the Connecticut River From this point, where the Winans launched their steamer "Vermont" in 1808, travelers drive eastward on Route US 2, cutting through the Green Mountain Range at Bolton to the Capitol at . . . Map (db m75561) HM
59Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — William Wells
Brevet Major General U.S. Vols. 1837-1892 First Lieut. Co. C 1st Vermont Cavalry Oct. 14 1861 Captain Co. C Nov. 18 1861 Major Dec. 30 1862 Colonel July 2 1864 Brevet Brigadier General U.S. Vols. Feb. 22 1865 Brevet Major General U.S. . . . Map (db m75579) HM WM
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Dec. 7, 2022