The Greensboro Blockhouse Project by Jill L. Baker
As the Revolutionary War progressed, little-known events were unfolding in the rugged wilderness region of northern Vermont. General Jacob Bayley, Colonel Moses Hazen and their soldiers carved out a military road, the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, from Newbury to Westfield, also known as Hazen’s Notch. The intended purpose of this road was to provide a speedy conduit for troops to reach southern Canada. Four blockhouses were constructed along the road to accommodate soldiers and act as footholds in the region. After the war, the road and blockhouses facilitated the spread of settlement in the untamed wilderness. The Greensboro blockhouse provided housing to soldiers and civilians, aiding in the establishment of the town of Greensboro, Vermont. Eventually the blockhouse fell into ruin and folkloric memory, until now. This book presents the history of the Greensboro blockhouse and the data produced from four years of archaeological investigation, including 72 full-color images, maps, letters, and photos of the excavation and the material recovered during that process. The authors are proud to preserve this little-known chapter in America’s formative history as a living memory for future generations.