Governor Phil Scott today announced matching grants will be awarded to the Schooner Lois McClure and the General George Stannard House. The grants, totaling $80,000 and funded by the state legislature, support the restoration and rehabilitation of two important resources that are vital to the telling of Vermont's maritime and Civil War histories.
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is proud to administer the matching grants on behalf of the State of Vermont. The Division will present the grants at a ceremony on December 28, 2017 at the State House in Montpelier.
"I'm pleased to announce this funding, which supports preservation of our proud history, as well as our tourism sector - an important contributor to the Vermont economy," said Gov. Scott.
"Preservation of Vermont's historic sites and resources is vital to telling the important stories of Vermont's past," said Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer Laura Trieschmann. "We hope that these grants awarded to the Schooner Lois McClure and the General Stannard House will enable us to tell the rich stories associated with their historic significance for many years to come."
The Lois McClure is a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal schooner, constructed in 2002. Two shipwrecks-General Butler and OJ Walker-were studied for the creation of the replica. Since launching in 2004, the Lois McClure has traveled the interconnected waterways as Vermont's ambassador for Lake Champlain's special history and to raise awareness of the extraordinary collection of shipwrecks still resting on the lake bottom.
Over this time, the vessel and her crew of mariner-interpreters from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum have traveled to more than 200 communities and hosted more than 250,000 visitors on board. The $50,000 grant will be a significant investment in her restoration and allow the Lois McClure to return to the hard-working interpretive platform in a "like-new" condition.
The General George J. Stannard House was constructed in ca. 1840, and is the last remaining building in Milton associated with the farm he purchased upon his retirement from the army. The first Vermonter to volunteer his services to the Union during the Civil War, General George J. Stannard had an exemplary military career. The brigadier general ordered 900 men of the Second Vermont Brigade to attack the right flank of Pickett's Charge, a maneuver ensuring Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. This Confederate defeat is widely regarded as the turning point of the American Civil War. The $30,000 grant will greatly aid the General Stannard House Commission in the stabilization and rehabilitation of this historic house.
Media Contact: Laura Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, (802) 505-3579, Laura.email@example.com