When it comes to cruising on Lake Champlain aboard the classic M.V. Carollon, via Larrabee’s Point, Vt., it’s an ideal time for gentlemen to don their straw boaters and for ladies to unfurl their parasols. Two upcoming Lake Champlain cruises aboard the Carillon, sponsored by the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, will help recreate the “Golden Age” of boating on Lake Champlain plus provide mini onboard talks about lake history.
The museum will conduct two Twilight History Cruises—Tuesday, Tuesday, Aug. 30, and Thursday, Thursday, Sept. 15—on historic southern Lake Champlain.
According to Mary Manley of the Sheldon Museum, the first cruise will feature Giovanna Peebles, Vermont's state archeologist.
“She will discuss the archeology of Lake Champlain,” Manley said. “Giovanna has been looking at Lake Champlain and its shorelands through her lens as Vermont state archeologist since 1976. She has worked on every facet of Vermont history through those decades, from underwater archeology to Native American history, from agricultural history to industrial history to archeological collections.”
Manley said the September cruise will feature Scott Newman of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He will conduct a tour of the 2011 Lake Champlain Bridge construction site and discuss the history of the crossing at the Crown Point-Chimney Point narrows, and the historic resource challenges encountered during the building project.
According to Manley, the two-hour cruises are comfortable and informal, with passengers enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
The Carillon departs at 5:30 p.m. from Larrabee’s Point in Shoreham, adjacent to the Fort Ticonderoga ferry at the end of Route 74 East in Shoreham. The cost of each cruise is $35 per person.
Advance reservations are required by contacting the Henry Sheldon Museum at 1 Park St., Middlebury, 802-388-2117.
Photo: Boaters pose in a 1902 photograph taken near the site of the 2011 Lake Champlain Bridge site. (Courtesy of Henry Sheldon Museum)