Today, thanks to fellow Woody Boater Gregory Woodard, we are traveling to Vermont for the Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS Fall Cruise on Lake Bomoseen – which was held on Saturday, September 14th. This was a “heritage tour” on Vermont’s largest, but little known lake. By largest, this means it’s the largest lake in Vermont that is completely within the state’s boarders.
At 28 years old, Gregory is the newest member of the Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS which is great to see – Here’s his report. – Texx
Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS Fall Cruise 2013
Lake Bomoseen, Vermont
Host: Bob Woodard
Story & Photos by Greg Woodard
On Saturday September 14th, 2013 the Lake Champlain Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society ascended on Lake Bomoseen in Hydeville, VT for the annual rotating “Fall Cruise”.
Bob Woodard and the Woodard Family who provided a Heritage Tour of Lake Bomoseen hosted this year’s cruise: Past and Present. The guided tour was kicked off in the morning by local author and historian Donald Thompson. Boaters would cruise to a location following the lead boat, stopping and shutting off their engine, and would hear a history of the locations dictated by Thompson.
After lunch at a local hotspot and historic building, the Lake House Pub & Grille, ACBS members arrived at four of the oldest and most historic cottages on Lake Bomoseen. These places consisted of a variety of character and traditional cottage decor, and some even were renovated back to pre-war specifications. One such building was the personal “camp” of Alexander Wolcott, the acclaimed New York Broadway critic, whose friends called themselves the “Algonquin Roundtable” and consisted of the Marx Brothers back in the 1920’s
Other cottages had been adorned with original vintage taxidermy and pelts along the 25ft pine walls, which surrounded the traditional stone fireplaces. Some have 50’s vinyl cushions on hardwood wicker furniture, which reminded you of the quality and artisanship of years past.
Every cottage visited was a survivor, built before 1900. Additionally, in the next weeks all camps will be winterized and closed for the coming winter. The hospitality and insight of this trip was a rare look into the past of Vermont’s largest “little known” lake… Lake Bomoseen.
Thanks to Gregory Woodard for sharing his story with us today, and to Bob Woodard and the Woodard Family for hosting this year’s Heritage Tour of Lake Bomoseen. A great way to learn more about the history and heritage of a local lake from the comfort of a classic boat.
You can Click Here to check out the impressive Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS website.