The story of human occupation of Lake Champlain and its Basin spans more than 10,000 years. The Basin’s cultural heritage resources include historic structures and settlements of early Europeans, archeological sites on land and under water, sites of traditional and sacred importance to the Abenaki, Iroquois, and Mohican, military battle sites, agricultural sites, and industrial development sites. The CVNHP regularly embarks on large, extended initiatives that on a story that has shaped not only the region, but the nation as a whole.
Champlain Canal Bicentennial
The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership is marking the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Champlain Canal. The man-made waterbody forever changed Lake Champlain. Learn more →
Temperance, the prohibition of alcohol, and smuggling have a long history in the Champlain Valley. The CVNHP and its partners will commemorate the 18th amendment and the legacy of prohibition in 2021. Learn more →
The United States and the CVNHP are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020. Mohawk women in the Champlain Valley had that right long before Europeans arrived. Learn more →
The legacy of French explorer Samuel de Champlain is deeply embedded in the land and people of the region. In 2009, the region commemorated the 400th anniversary of his arrival. Learn more →
Champlain Valley Wine Trail
The CVNHP founded the first U.S. International Wine Trail in 2012 as part of the its commitment to connect communities and conservation. Learn more →