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NO. R-389.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Chipman Point on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award.


Offered by:  Representatives Stevens of Shoreham and Bray of New Haven

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, Walter Chipman was an entrepreneur with foresight who saw that the deep water of Lake Champlain adjacent to a tract of land that Joseph Sholes had purchased would enable commercial vessels to use the site as a delivery point for goods, and

Whereas, by 1810, Walter Chipman had constructed a magnificent, but simply constructed, four‑story structure to serve as a warehouse and retail center for the goods delivered to the site, and

Whereas, the building became a center for maritime commerce, and in 1824, in response to the increased lake shipping traffic resulting from the prior year’s inauguration of the Lake Champlain Canal, Joseph Sholes opened a second similar structure, and

Whereas, the second building was constructed of stone quarried on the site because it repelled rodent infestation and withstood other environmental hazards, and

Whereas, by the 1840s, the lake was a bustling thoroughfare filled with sloops, schooners, and canal boats, and the Chipman Point buildings were at their busiest with the receipt, storage, and sale of flour, glass, nails, molasses, iron, paper, rum, and other goods, and

Whereas, the Sholes family built an inn next to the warehouses, and an active little community developed, and

Whereas, once the railroads spread into Vermont, the commercial traffic on Lake Champlain declined, and the Chipman Point buildings’ importance also receded into hibernation, and

Whereas, the original 1810 structure, which still stands tall and proud as one of the town of Orwell’s oldest surviving buildings, took on a new life in 1946 when a marina was established within its walls, and today it welcomes boaters who dock at Chipman Point and automotive tourists, and

Whereas, in celebration of Chipman Point’s nearly 200 year-long history
as a maritime center for commerce and tourism, the secretary of state,
Vermont Business Magazine, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce presented this historic marina a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Chipman Point on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard and Pat Ullom at Chipman Point.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont