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Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Geography Album: Vermont, The Green Mountain State

From our coloring page we learned that the state bird is the Hermit Thrush, the state flower is the Red Clover and the state tree is the Sugar Maple. We also learned that the state has Marble and Asbestos quarries, as well as dairy cows and apple orchards. We left room on the page in case we are able to get a postcard in the future.

Vermont was originally inhabited by two major Indian tribes, the Abenaki and the Iroquois. In the colonial period, it was claimed by France, who gave it to England after being defeated in 1763 in one of the French and Indian Wars (also called the Seven Years War). The French gave the state its name, Verts Montsis literally translated as Green Mountains, so named for the mountains which are green due to the boreal forest on them.  For many years, New Hampshire and New York disputed control of the area but the Green Mountain Boys militia eventually prevailed in creating an independent state. In 1791, Vermont joined the United States as the 14th state, the first outside the original 13 Colonies. It became the first state to have abolished slavery.
Red flannel hash is a good choice for a Vermont dinner because it represents the New Englanders' reputation for thrift. It is a make-do dinner using up leftovers from a Sunday dinner of corned beef. It is often served with fried eggs. Homemade applesauce  and apple cider are good choices as well because apples are so common in the New England area. Vermont is known for it's maple syrup, being the largest producer of maple syrup in the US, so a good choice for dessert might be Maple syrup pie. We decided to have a pancake supper with maple syrup.

In Vermont M is for Maple Syrup, L is for Lake Champlain and R is for the Red Clover, H is for the Hermit Thrush and D is for Dairy.


We have visited 43 states (86%) in our Postcard-Geography album.
We still need postcards for these states: 
Mississippi
New Jersey
Vermont and Wyoming.
If you live in any of these states and would like to help us with this project, please leave a comment on how I can get in touch with you. Thank you!











1 comment:

  1. The funny thing is when we studied Vermont I completely forgot to do maple syrup, and I had it on my list of things to do.......

    I meant to comment on your other posts today, but I'm running out of time for packing, so I'll just say I loved the things you featured and hopefully I'll be able to check in while on my trip.......

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