Vermont – Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

After a ferry trip across Lake Champlain from New York state, on the western side of Vermont is the town of Shelbourne which houses the Shelbourne Museum.

“A living museum of Vermont’s rural and transportation heritage, the Shelburne is an active historical museum. Exhibits include full-scale lighthouse that once protected ships from running aground off Lake Champlain; the last vertical beam side-wheel steamboat intact in the US, the “Ticonderoga”; a round barn; a horseshoe-shaped barn; a railroad station with steam train static display of the last remaining Central Vermont Railway steam locomotive coupled to the last remaining Central Vermont Railway President’s car; a one room schoolhouse; a Vermont general store; the only two-lane covered bridge with footpath in the state of Vermont;”

Vermont saved old buildings and examples of their industry from the last 200 years and created an historical town.  There are ships honoring the shipping industry along with small one room homes over 100 years old and fascinating barns.  The park is placed on acres of land and the hike around the property is a fascinating trip back in time. A hike with education and creative imagination of history.

One of my favorite movies is “The Sound of Music” as it is for many people.  The songs and story are classic and the scene of the Von Trapp family hiking at the end across the Austrian Alps into Italy is timeless.  When I was in Stowe Vermont, I went to the Von Trapp family skiing compound to honor my love of the movie.  The compound is set in a beautiful hillside and was ablaze with fall colors.  A dream come true.

What are your favorite movies?  Have you visited the places portrayed in the movies?  How do you include history in your hikes?




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