This curiosity, a piece of wood measuring 3” x 4 ½” with attached label, “From Fort Dummer/Brattleboro, Vt. 1724”, is an unusual link to the Academy’s history. Fort Dummer, once located in Brattleboro, Vermont, was built while William Dummer was the acting Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Constructed of sturdy white pine the fort protected the English colony from invasion by the French and their Native American allies the Abenackis.
Today, Fort Dummer State Park in Brattleboro, Vermont, overlooks the site of Fort Dummer which was flooded when the Vernon Dam was built on the Connecticut River in 1908. The actual site of Fort Dummer is now underwater.