Shay's settlement to be discussed


RUPERT >> The Rupert Historical society and the R.K. Kittay Library are joining together to bring a program about the Shay's settlement to the community.

This project will be the first formal study of the ruins of a fortified 18th century settlement located in the mountains near the Vermont/New York border. The settlement was founded by Capt. Daniel Shays and his fellow refugees after they fled from Massachusetts following the uprising he led in 1787. This piece of lost American history lay hidden and untouched for more than 200 years. The archeological study began in April, 2013, and is still ongoing.

The project is being led by Stephen Butz, an educator, writer and archeologist. He has taught at the college and secondary school level for 20 years, and has written numerous books on the subjects of science, technology and history. He has also created a public education project involving the settlement. So far, 62 students have participated in the program, learning techniques in archeological field work, surveying, mapmaking and digital imaging by taking part in the scientific study of the settlement.

Anyone living in the nearby towns of Rupert, Sandgate or Salem will enjoy hearing of this ongoing study. The program is free to the public and the building is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call Gene Higgins at 802-394-7738, or visit


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