NO. R-99.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the town of Charleston on the occasion of its bicentennial.

(S.C.R.12)

Offered by:  Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County and Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County.

Offered by:   Representatives Shaw of Derby and Sheltra of Derby.

     Whereas, in 1780, three years after the Vermont Constitution’s adoption, in the still wild forestland of the future Northeast Kingdom, there existed a tract “containing 23040 acres, situated in the easterly part of Orleans County, bounded N. E. by Morgan, S. E. by Brighton, S. W. by a part of Westmore and Brownington, and N.W. by Salem Derby” which despite the many municipal charters which had already been granted, remained unincorporated, and

     Whereas, Commodore Abraham Whipple, a Revolutionary War naval hero, whose military exploits commenced in the French and Indian Wars and culminated with his heroic defense of the besieged city of Charleston, South Carolina until his capture in 1780, sought to be granted this tract of land, and

     Whereas, recognizing the honorable and worthy nature of Commodore Whipple and his associates, on November 10, 1780, Governor Thomas Chittenden, the executive council, and the general assembly granted them  “a Township by the Name of Navy,” in honor of the primary grantee’s notable naval career, and

     Whereas, while legally incorporated, the town of Navy remained unsettled  until the year 1803, when during the summer months, Abner Allyn became Navy’s first permanent resident, and

     Whereas, when the first Navy town meeting was convened in 1806, Abner Allyn was elected the town’s first lister, and in 1807, he was chosen to represent the new municipality in the General Assembly, and

     Whereas, pursuant to Act No. 34 of the Public Acts of 1825, the General Assembly altered the name of the town from Navy to Charleston, and

     Whereas, while there is not definitive documentation, it is speculated the new name honors Commodore Whipple’s gallant stand at Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War, and

     Whereas, over the last two centuries, Charleston has become known as a friendly and hard-working community, and

     Whereas, during the weekend of July 11-13, the citizens of Charleston will observe the bicentennial in true Vermont fashion with a parade and other festivities, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of  Representatives:

     That the General Assembly congratulates the citizens of Charleston as they celebrate the bicentennial of the town’s permanent settlement, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Charleston town clerk.