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Monkton Museum and Historical Society

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280 Monkton Ridge
Ferrisburgh, VT 05473 United States

October 2021

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

October 18
7:00 pm
Image of Vermont field in winter

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. Read More »

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