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October 1, 2008
Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator, 802-759-2412,
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ADDISON, Vt. - The "Fameuse" apple was planted in the Chimney Point area by early French settlers in the 1740s and 1750s.  Come to the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, on Saturday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. when biologist Elizabeth Gilbert, of Dorset, VT, gives a program on this French apple.  Gilbert will talk about her search the past few years for possible Fameuse apple trees in the region, the characteristics of this apple, and what to look for when you try to identify old apple trees.  The group will look at the possible Fameuse apple tree at the site and do some taste testings.

The Fameuse, also known as the Chimney or Snow apple, is known for its white flesh, late ripening date, and good keeping qualities.  It is perhaps one of the earliest cultivated apple in America and Canada.

The program is $3.00 for adults and free for children under 15 and includes a museum visit.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison is located at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge, overlooking Lake Champlain, at the intersections of Vermont Routes 125 and 17.  Chimney Point was the site of military installations in 1690, 1731, and during the Revolution.  Today a 1780s tavern building listed in the National Register of Historic Places houses exhibits interpreting the Native American, French colonial, and early American history of the area.  The site is open Wednesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 9:30 to 5:00, through October 13.

For further information about the event or Chimney Point, call (802) 759-2412 or visit:<>point.

For more information about all the State-owned Historic Sites contact John Dumville at (802) 828-3051.


John P. Dumville
Historic Sites Operations Chief
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
National Life Building, 2nd Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-1201
Telephone: (802) 828-3051
Fax: (802) 828-3206
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