National Vermont Day
On October 12, The Green Mountain State is recognized on National Vermont Day. It is the 14th state to join the United States. The state derives its name from French words vert for green and mont for mountain.
Populated primarily by Abenaki tribes before French and English settlers arrived, Vermont is a densely forested mountain state. Claimed by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1609 for France, Vermont’s first European settlement was established in 1666 at Fort Ste. Anne. The first English settlement was built in 1724.
It should come as no surprise that Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state. While Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than any other state, Vermont has more per square mile.
Movie makers love Vermont for its beautiful backdrops. Whether it’s for eerie thrillers (What Lies Beneath), a good drama (The Cider House Rules) or a comedy (Me, Myself and Irene), we can’t resist the stunning views. Such stunning landscapes lured the Von Trapp family of Sound of Music story to settle in Stowe, Vermont because of the similarities to their Alpine home.
Along with these majestic views come excellent skiing, hiking and the most beautiful bursts of autumn color.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Vermont’s magnificent nature and history. Uncover hidden treasures and find all Vermont has to offer! Use #NationalVermontDay to share on social media.
In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!
Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park – Woodstock
Boulder Beach State Park – Groton
Burton Island State Park – St. Albans
Camel’s Hump State Park – Waterbury
Green River Reservoir State Park – Hyde Park
Half Moon Pond State Park – Hubbardton
Molly Stark State Park – Wilmington, VT
Mount Philo State Park – Charlotte
Shelburne Museum – Shelburne
Montshire Museum of Science – Norwich
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium – St. Johnsbury
Bennington Museum – Bennington
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center – Burlington
Vermont Ski Museum – Stowe
Old Stone House Museum – Brownington
Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont – Rutland
Bread and Puppet Theater – Glover
Park-McCullough Historic House – Bennington
Wilson Castle – Proctor
Samuel Hopkins - Inventor - (December 9, 1743 - 1818)
Samuel Hopkins process for making potash was the first patent ever granted in the United States. President George Washington signed the new patent law on April 10, 1790. On July 31 of the same year, Hopkins’ received his patent.
John Deere - Inventor - (February 7, 1804 - May 17, 1886)
As the nation expanded westward, it became apparent to blacksmith John Deere that cast-iron plows were inadequate for the prairie soil of Illinois. Deere set to work developing a new design and by 1838 began to sell his first product. By 1850, Deere was manufacturing 1,600 plows and other implements with his partner Leonard Andrus.
Today John Deere continues to be a brand name of Deer & Company headquartered in Moline, Illinois. The Fortune 500 Company manufactures equipment for use in agriculture, forestry, construction and personal use.
Joseph Smith - religious leader - (December 23, 1805 - June 27, 1844)
Joseph Smith founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830 after publishing the Book of Mormon. He along with many of his followers were persecuted for their beliefs. Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed in 1844 after tensions mounted in Nauvoo, Illinois between Mormons and non-Mormons.
Chester A. Arthur - President - (October 5, 1829 - November 18, 1886)
Chester Arthur served the United States as the 21st President. Arthur took office following President Jame’s Garfield’s death and served one term from 1881 to 1885.
Caroline Ardelia Yale - Educator - (September 29, 1848 - July 2, 1933)
Caroline Ardelia Yale pioneered new approaches to teaching those with hearing impairment to speak and helped establish the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf.
Calvin Coolidge - President - (July 4, 1872 - January 5, 1933)
Nicknamed “Silent Cal”, Calvin Coolidge took his place in the Oval Office in 1923 after the death of President Warren Harding.
Robert Holbrook Smith - Physician - (August 8, 1879 - November 16, 1950)
The physician Robert Holbrook Smith co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.
Consuelo Northrop Bailey - Lieutenant Governor - (October 9, 1899 - September 9, 1976)
In 1956, Consuelo Northrop Bailey became the first female Lieutenant Governor in the United States.
Patty Sheehan - Professional Golfer - (October 27, 1956 -)
Patty Sheehan is a professional golfer who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1993.