State Coordinator: Ron Nielson
the close of the French war which terminated inn the conquest of
Canada in 1760, the territory now the state of Vermont, with a
trifling exception, was an uninhabited wilderness. Civilization,
however, had long been gradually, though slowly, approaching it.
"The first permanent occupation of the territory of Vermont by civilized men was in 1724, when a block-house, named Fort Dummer, was built on the Connecticut river at Brattleboro. It was erected by the colony of Massachusetts for the better protection of the settlers at Northfield and its vicinity against the incursions of the French and Indians from Canada, ad garrisoned by a few men, their number varying from five to thirty or more, as the proper security of that section of the province seemed from time to time to demand."
Source: The History of Vermont From The Discovery to Its Admission Into The Union... by Hildan Hall