Cultural Geography

European settlement deeply alters the land

During the past 250 years the Vermont landscape has recorded the history of European settlement in its stonewalls, cellar holes, cut stumps, barbed wire, lilac bushes, apple trees, and other signs in the forests.   Why did people chose to settle where they did?   When did they leave and what did they leave behind?  Vermont Master Naturalists explore these and other questions on a trip through the cultural geography of their town.

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Samantha Ford leads VMN Burlington naturalists on an exploration of Ethan Allen Park. (Photo by Becca Harris)

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Kristen Underwood discusses manufacturing history along the New Haven River with VMN naturalists from the Bristol 5 Town program.

Banner photo by Sean Beckett