117 West Street
Rutland, VT 5701
Crown Point Road Association member Barry Griffith will share his extensive research on the subject of British Officer John Small's contributions to the construction of the Crown Point Road in 1759-60.
The Crown Point Road was constructed across Vermont (then the New Hampshire Grants) utilizing ancient paths laid down by Native Americans. When British General Jeffrey Amherst captured the French forts on Lake Champlain during the French and Indian War he needed better supply routes to Fort No. 4 on the Connecticut River and New England seaports. He knew of the Indian trails and ordered them to be cleared and improved by British Regulars and American Provincials.
John Small was a trusted agent of Amherst and was instrumental in overseeing the construction and in scouting activities.
The lecture will take place October 21 at 1:00 PM at the Universalist-Unitarian church, 117 West Street, Rutland, VT The CPRA will hold a pot-luck dinner and business meeting prior to the lecture. The public is welcome at no charge to all or any part of the event. Further information at www.crownpointroad.org