Vermont Humanities

Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

Westford Brick Meeting House 1690 Vt Rt 128, Westford, VT, United States

1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival.