Join us with historian and Charlotte resident Judy Chaves for a beautiful summer walk up Mt. Philo. Chaves, the author of Secrets of Mount Philo, is the perfect tour guide. Take advantage of her knowledge of the mountain and the park, and enjoy a book signing and Q&A at the summit.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Mount Philo State Park is Vermont’s oldest state park, and one of its most popular. What many don’t realize is that the mountain’s history is every bit as remarkable as its natural beauty: It is the landscape history of Vermont (and much of the Northeast) in miniature. Secrets of Mount Philo guides you to more than 30 historic sites in the park, detailing what’s there and placing it within the context of the park’s, state’s, and region’s landscape history. An essential guide to throw in your backpack whether you’re new to the park or know it like the back of your hand. Surprises (and fun) lie in store!
Judy Chaves is a freelance writer who has been hiking the Green Mountains since childhood, and Mount Philo regularly for the past 20 years. “My interest in its history was sparked by the removal, maybe 8 or 9 years ago, of the old iron railings that stood at the park’s main outlook.” says Judy. “Curious about what was being removed, I read an excerpt about the railings in the park’s National Register of Historic Places nomination papers. That made me want to read the entire set of papers, and that then led to my reading and researching as much as I could find about the mountain (i.e., it became an obsession). The most exciting research was done outdoors, on the mountain itself, matching historic photos, maps and descriptions from early 20th century writings with what is there now. It was like going on a treasure hunt.”
Mt. Philo State Park | 5425 Mount Philo Road | Charlotte, VT 05445