We are located in Charlotte, Vermont, about 25 minutes from downtown Burlington, the Burlington International Airport, and 5 minutes from beautiful Lake Champlain.
Charlotte is located in Chittenden County, about 10 miles south of Burlington (Vermont’s largest city) on the east shore of Lake Champlain. Charlotte consists of a mixture of historic residential homes, newer homes, a historic brick general store, and small village businesses and town offices clustered in the charming village area just west of the Route 7 corridor that runs north-south through the town paralleling the lake. Our land is located west of Route 7 in an area that is still primarily farmland. Right along the lake are clustered many historic “camp” neighborhoods built early in the 20th century. Many camps have been passed down from generation to generation in these stable, cohousing-like neighborhoods.
We have a pleasant, 3-mile bike ride along country roads both paved and dirt brings you to the Lake Champlain Ferry, which goes every half hour during the season to Essex, NY. Essex is a wonderful place to have a scenic lunch and to explore historic architecture before crossing the lake and riding home again.
Our members are working with people who have long been familiar with the site — a neighboring farmer, the landowners themselves, and various people who have cared for the land over the years — to come up with a good plan for land use.
We plan to have a public trail crossing our land; we are working with the town of Charlotte to fit this into their plan for a longer trail connecting Charlotte Village with Mt. Philo State Park. We will be taking into account view sheds, sensitive areas, places to sit and relax, and places that we would prefer to keep private. Our land is rolling farmland with significant woods, and some of the trees are quite old. We have two ponds and two brooks. We have beautiful views of the Adirondacks from several vantage points. And there are one or two spots where the rest of the world seems to be irrelevant, they are so quiet and meditative. Our Farm and Forest Committee is taking all these things into consideration, and learning the land as best they can in all weathers, to try to make the best trail system for all of us–animals and plants as well as people.
If you would like to know more about this effort, or if you are an associate and you would like to help in some way, please contact us.