Lake Champlain is at the heart of history in the region; it's where the first Vermonters - native Americans of several tribes - and Europeans first met and set the course for our modern presence here. In 1609 Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer and namesake of the lake, called the land "les Vert Monts" (the Green Mountains), an appellation that we carry forward today as 'Vermont.'
Through centuries of agricultural pursuits ranging from apple orchards to sheep and dairy, and many industries of the early eras of the United States, the region has narrated a deep and wide history for itself. Burlington was a bustling port of trade, especially of lumber, and was important to commerce in the northeast. Mills sat along (and in!) the Byway rivers, and the story of transportation is read in the bygone ferries, trains, and evolving motor routes. Captivating personalities made contributions to the uniqueness of the region, contributing to local traditions and the larger story of America.
Discover these stories at the Lake Champlain Byway sites below, followed by more information about historical resources in the region.