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, both of which reveal this little-known chapter in America’s formative history, turning folkloric memory into living memory for generations to come.
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