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RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

SENATE RESOLUTION

State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution


   By Senators Doyle, Campbell, Carris, Maynard, McCormack, Mullin and Nitka,

     S.R. 7.  Senate resolution in support of the Crown Point Road Association's application to the National Park Service to list two segments of the Crown Point Road on the National Register of Historic Places.

Whereas, in the summer of 1759, during the French and Indian War, British General Jeffrey Amherst ordered the construction of a new 77-mile-long military road (the Crown Point Road), following an existing Indian trail, to bring supplies from Fort Number 4 (Charlestown, New Hampshire) on the Connecticut River to Crown Point on Lake Champlain’s western shore for use in a campaign against French-controlled Montreal, and

Whereas, two large construction parties worked intensively until winter’s harshness forced them to suspend their work until the spring of 1760, and

Whereas, although the road might be considered a primitive path by today’s standards, it became a major military support thoroughfare for the balance of the French and Indian War and later during the American Revolutionary War, and

Whereas, during the early decades of Vermont statehood, the Crown Point Road was a major commercial connector between the eastern and western sides of the state, and its presence served as the impetus for the development of towns along its right-of-way, and

Whereas, by the middle of the 19th century, the Crown Point Road was abandoned in many sections as more modern highways and railways assumed this pioneer thoroughfare’s commercial role, and

Whereas, during the years 1909–1914, the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a series of granite markers along the road, and a number of towns along the route initiated supplementary marker projects, and

Whereas, in 1958, the Crown Point Road Association (CPRA) was established and started a marker restoration program, and since then it has published an annotated and illustrated guide to the markers, and

Whereas, in 1996, Congress directed the National Park Service to conduct a comprehensive Revolutionary War and War of 1812 historic preservation site review that identified the Crown Point Road as a location worthy of further study, and

Whereas, in 2000, the Vermont Agency of Transportation awarded the CPRA an enhancement grant to study the feasibility of listing the Crown Point Road on the National Register of Historic Places, and

Whereas, after an in‑depth analysis of the best method for preserving the entire Crown Point road corridor, the CPRA has submitted an application to the National Park Service to list two segments of the Crown Point Road, located in the former New York grant town of Socialborough, on the National Register of Historic Places, and

Whereas, the Socialborough South Line to Otter Creek Crossing Road segment extends for 1.25 miles in the modern town of Clarendon “between the south line of the former New York grant of the Socialborough [107 feet southeast of the intersection of Creek Road and Horton Road] and an historic Otter Creek crossing [the creek’s western bank],” and

Whereas, this segment is located entirely on agricultural fields, and the National Register designation would not necessitate any alterations to the land, and

Whereas, the Stevens Site South Road segment extends for 0.5 mile in the modern town of Proctor and “begins 900 feet northwest of the Gorham Bridge and follows (in a southerly direction) the edge of the 480–580 foot-high terrace that is generally consistent with modern topographic map contours,” and  

Whereas, the Stevens Site South Road segment now “appears as a well‑worn woods road,” and as with the Socialborough South Line to Otter Creek Crossing Road segment, National Register designation would not necessitate any alterations to the land, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont urges the National Park Service to act favorably on the Crown Point Road Association’s application to list each of two of the Crown Point Road segments described in this resolution on the National Register of Historic Places, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Elaine Purdy, president of the Crown Point Road Association, to Kathleen Callum and Robert Sloma at Geoarch Inc. in Leicester, to the Vermont Division Of Historic Preservation, to Secretary of Transportation Neale Lunderville, to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and to the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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