Burlington, Vermont

Burlington is located in the north-western part and is the largest city in the U.S. State of Vermont. The Queen City. Burlington is a small city. It is a college town and an important commercial city. The city was in 2011 ranked as the number 1 "Top Ten Small Cities" and Downtown Burlington is ranked as the third-best Downtown in the U.S.

According to Forbes it is the "Prettiest Town in America". The city has a mix of restaurants and shops and is well-known for its pedestrian Church Street Marketplace. Burlington is known as one of the safest cities in the entire country.

To See And To Do In Burlington

  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
  • Downtown Burlington
  • Lake Champlain Cruise Tours
  • BCA Center
  • Shelburne Museum
  • Flynn Theater
  • Church Street Marketplace
  • Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and Historic Site
  • Robert Hull Fleming Museum
  • Burlington History Tours

History Of Burlington - Timeline

In 1535, the French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the area. In 1763, the colonial governor of New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth, gave the land in the area to about 65 people. In 1773, Felix Powell built a simple log home on what is now known as Appletree Point.

In 1783, the area was permanently settled by Stephen Lawrence and his family. In 1785, Burlington became a town. In 1787, Ethan Allen, the founder of Vermont, and his family built a house and Burlington held its first town meeting. In 1791, about 330 people lived in the town.

In 1808, one of the first steamboats in the world, the Vermont, was launched from Burlington's small shipyard. In 1827, the Burlington Free Press was founded, as the Free Press Weekly. In 1865, Burlington was incorporated as a city and was now a lumbering and manufacturing center. It was the third largest lumber port in the country.

In 1879, the Fletcher Allen Health Care, an academic medical center, was founded. In 1885, the synagogue's (Ohavi Zedek) original building was erected and is among the oldest synagogue buildings in the United States.

In 1920, the first aircraft landed at what later became the Burlington Municipal Airport. In 1964, Burlington High School was established. In 1978, the ice cream enterprise Ben & Jerry's was founded.

In 2000, the movies "Me, Myself & Irene", with Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger, and "What Lies Beneath", with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, was filmed in the city. In 2003, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center opened.