Albert L. Ransom, longtime member and historian of the Crown Point Road
Association, passed away June 13, 2001, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Center following a short illness. Al was widely recognized as a meticulous
researcher of Vermont area military history and was often consulted by
historians and archaeologists who respected his dedication to strict detail
and primary source documentation.
Al was mainly interested in pinpointing the location of the original 1759-60
Crown Point Road as laid out by British engineers under the command of
General Jeffrey Amherst during the French and Indian War. He spent many
hours in the field retracing original surveys using early surveying methods
and instruments. He located and made use of the original maps and diaries
of 18th century surveyors such as William Cockburn and Archibald Campbell.
The hikes he led for the CPRA were legendary for the volumes of background
material he presented prior to each excursion.
In 1999 Al was named project manager to supervise research and documentation
of the Socialborough section of the Crown Point Road made possible by an
enhancement grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The goal of
this work was to ascertain the feasibility of naming the old road to the
National Register of Historic Places. He had been working closely with
Robert Sloma and Kathy Callum of Geoarch; Giovanna Peebles, Vt. State
Archaeologist, and members of the Division of Historic Preservation and the
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at Grace
Congregational United Church of Christ, 8 Court Street Rutland, Vermont.
Crown Point Road Association
Kathleen E. Callum/Robert A. Sloma
594 Indian Trail
Leicester, Vermont 05733
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