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Author Talk: Judy Chaves

October 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Secrets of Mount Philo: A Guide to the History of Vermont’s First State Park
Friday, October 19 at noon
Judy Chaves

The landscape history of Mt. Philo, Vermont’s first state park, is the landscape history of Vermont, in miniature. “Sheep fever,” the devastating deforestation of the mid-1800s, Vermont’s early tourism industry, the early conservation and park movements, reforestation… it’s all there on the mountain, if you know where to look. North Ferrisburgh resident (and long-time Mt. Philo hiker), Judy Chaves, has spent 8 years researching the mountain’s history and has recently written a guidebook to the park’s historic sites. Join her on a “virtual” tour of the mountain and discover, through then-and-now photos, old maps, and even a bit of poetry, what historic gems lie hidden — within plain sight — in the park. Signed copies of the guidebook will be available for purchase.


October 19, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Community meeting room
Ilsley Public Library