Ethan Allen Park has a rich human history. The watch tower in the park was built on Indian Rock and served as a traditional Algonquin lookout. The park was officially opened on Memorial Day, 1905. In the 1920s, Ethan Allen Park was a hotspot for entertainment. Various activities included concerts, picnics, dancing, and partying with bootleg liquor (This was during the Prohibition Era when alcohol was forbidden by the 18th Amendment). In the 1950s, an ice rink was installed as an additional attraction. Since then and throughout its entire history, the park has been a large recreational site where people could utilize the trails, playground, and picnic areas.
Who is Ethan Allen?
Ethan Allen was a prominent Revolutionary War hero who moved to Vermont from Connecticut. Perhaps one of his most famous accomplishments was capturing Fort Ticonderoga with Benedict Arnold without any bloodshed. In September 1775, Allen was captured during an assault in Montreal and he was shipped to England as a prisoner. Returning in 1778, Allen became involved in land disputes, rather than join the war effort again. Vermont had since declared its independence and he hoped to have it admitted as the fourteenth state. Unfortunately, Congress did not support his interests so Allen turned to Canada and requested that Vermont become a new Canadian Province. This was viewed as an act of treason but since the motivation was rooted in the Vermont land disputes, no further action was taken against him. Ethan Allen lived in Burlington for two years, from 1887 to his death in 1889.