Community Connections: Ilion

I could tell it was going to be a good visit before he even got to the boat.  He approached with a purpose in his walk, exuding a wealth of experiences.  In one hand, he held a plastic bag.  In the other, my hand, which he shook vigorously.

Herb Mead then

Herb Mead then

He began to pull out the contents of the bag, professing his wishes that we have them.  A nice collection of various maps and other canal related items materialized from the bag.  The one that caught my eye was a black and white photo of a younger version of the man who stood before me now.  The writing at the bottom of the image said “Herb Mead.”  Turns out, Herb was the dock master in Ilion for a time.  The current dockmaster, Don Sterling, carries on the tradition with pride in the facility.  The Ilion Marina and RV Park is one of the finest and best maintained in the canal.

Herb Mead now

Herb Mead now (photo: Erick Tichonuk)

We passed some of Herb’s more notable memorabilia to the mayor, including his photo, for safe keeping in Ilion’s archive.  Thanks Herb!

Erick Tichonuk
First Mate


About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a private non-profit museum located on the shores of Lake Champlain, just seven miles from Vergennes, Vermont. Our mission since our opening in 1985 is to share the rich history and archaeology of Lake Champlain and its surrounding region. We accomplish that through exhibits, education programs, special events, on-water activities, replica vessels, nautical archaeology research, and so much more. Learn more & get involved by visiting our website:
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