Through Lab #12, I was able to gain valuable insight into the human history of Lone Rock Point. I discovered the residence of the Abenaki tribe at one point in history, as well as the military. There is evidence of rock fragments that lead people to believe the Abenaki utilized this land for hunting and fishing. The settlers came and pushed the natives off the land. In the mid-1800’s Lone Rock Point was cleared for logging. The first Bishop of the Diocese of Vermont, John Henry Hopkins geared this clearing and ordered the Hemlocks stay untouched. We can see this today in the high point on the property called “Hemlock Hill.” When Hopkins reached financial unsteadiness, he sold the land for educational purposes to the Trustees of the Vermont Episcopal Institute. The school at Rock Point has seen many different owners, but remained a place of education. It became a military academy during the civil war. In fact, the Parade Grounds were used to run drills during the military age.
Currently, Lone Rock Point school is a mentoring school for high school students and to provide income for land management, it has adopted a fee for colleges and local middle and high schools to take field trips to Rock Point to study all that it has to offer.
It is fitting to examine the human history of place through Natural Resources and Human Ecology, and I appreciate the nature this course has cultivated.