The previous week we attended a Foote family reunion in South Burlington, Vermont. Nathaniel Foote was my first Foote Ancestor in America. He was born in England and emigrated to the Americas in the 1630s. He is my 9th Great-Grandfather. I am descended from his son Nathaniel who had a daughter Elizabeth who married Daniel Belding.
We had a great time, helped along by the warm welcome from other Foote family members. As a group we toured the Shelburne Museum just south of Burlington. It was a bit rainy that day but the museum is fabulous. It is basically a collection of collections. The other group event was a dinner on the showboat Ethan Allen III while cruising on Lake Champlain.
We had a free afternoon and with the help of our GPS we visited the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Shelburne Vineyard, Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory. We found a few minutes to shop at the University Mall.
On the way to Burlington we travelled through the Lake Champlain Islands and visited St. Anne's Shrine on Isle La Motte. This is said to be the earliest settled place in Vermont. A statue to Champlain is located there.