A book about Vermont
’s history will likely bring to mind such topics as Abenaki Indians, Ethan Allen
and the Green Mountain Boys and the state’s famed covered bridges, but Forgotten Tales of Vermont
takes readers far beyond traditional histories to uncover little-known stories from Vermont’s quirky past. Who knew that students from Castleton Medical School moonlighted as grave robbers until they were caught hiding Mrs. Churchill’s head in a haystack? Or that an Egyptian mummy once turned up in Middlebury and is now buried at the local cemetery alongside the town’s founders? Stories such as the Willoughby Lake “monster” and “Slipperyskin,” the bear that terrorized Lemington, are sure to bemuse, baffle and surprise even Vermonters who think they’ve heard it all. Culled from newspapers, books and journals, William M. Alexander’s fascinating tales will entertain and inform readers for generations to come!
Vermont is a northern New England state whose boundaries with other states were not settled until after the Revolution. Ethan Allen was an American patriot from Vermont in the Revolutionary War.