Fort Ticonderoga Ferry Capt. Terry Norris and owner Michael Matot helped transport visitors safely across Lake Champlain to attend Shoreham 250th Anniversary Festival. The historic ferry was the scene of a Chrysler automobile commercial filmed aboard Aug. 30.
Shoreham’s Happy Birthday to Us Festival was held Sept. 2-3 and had literally something for everyone—from lawn tractor pulls, food, face-painting, sales, street dancing, classic cars, poker, a parade, and a visit from the schooner “Lois McClure.”
The unsung hero of the festival was Shoreham’s famous Fort Ticonderoga Ferry at Larabee’s Point on lake Champlain. Operators shuttled tourists safely across the lake to the festival.
The tug and barge ferry, the oldest operating service of its kind in America, was the setting for a film crew shooting a Chrysler automobile television commercial last week.
The film will appear on national television this autumn.
Several notable sons called Shoreham home since the 1700s:
•Ansel Briggs, first governor of Iowa.
•John Smith Chipman, lawyer and politician from Michigan.
•Columbus Delano, U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
•Richard G. Desautels, American POW held by North Korea and China.
•Selucius Garfielde, U.S. delegate from the Territory of Washington.
•Silas H. Jennison, 14th governor of Vermont.
•Augustus C. Hand, lawyer and justice of the New York Supreme Court.
•Levi P. Morton, U.S. congressman from New York and the 22nd vice president of the U.S.
•Ebenezer J. Ormsbee, 41st governor of Vermont.
•Charles Rich, U.S. congressman.
•Thomas Rowley, poet known as “The Bard of the Green Mountains.”
•Joel Turrill, U.S. congressman from New York.
The town ended the weekend party with a large fireworks display.